RJ Reynolds Tobacco Plant To Close In Puerto Rico

North Carolina-based R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. is closing its cigarette manufacturing plant in Puerto Rico after 40 years of business.

Spokeswoman Denise Santos says 60 employees will be affected when the plant closes at the end of August.

Santos says the plant is closing because it would be too expensive to make upgrades required by new federal regulations and because an increase in taxes led to a drop in manufacturing volume.

She said Friday that plants in North Carolina will assume the additional production.

The plant produces cigarettes for the Puerto Rico market as well as private-label cigarettes for the U.S. market. It is in the southeastern town of Yabucoa.


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  • by Anonymous on May 29, 2010 at 10:18 AM
    60 more unemployed.
  • by Chris Location: Greenville on May 28, 2010 at 08:15 PM
    All I can say about Going to ASIA's post is "WHAT????" Do you know what you are talking about? Cause if you do , that makes one of you. Semi-coherency needs to be a requisite to post.
  • by Teach Location: here on May 28, 2010 at 08:15 PM
    ASIA - were american u lern to speak?
  • by Anonymous on May 28, 2010 at 07:49 PM
    Why we talk like illegal immigrant?
  • by Going to ASIA on May 28, 2010 at 06:29 PM
    They are not comeback hear
  • by Chris Location: Greenville on May 28, 2010 at 06:04 PM
    Yay, Jobs coming back to America. Now if just other companies can start bringing jobs back.
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