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Dan Blumenthal

Marvin R. Shanken interviews the man behind Hoyo de Monterrey and Punch.
Marvin R. Shanken
From the Print Edition:
Linda Evangelista, Autumn 95

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C.A.: Jamaica?

Blumenthal: Jamaica, we tried Jamaica. We had a small investment in a factory there, but we couldn't get anywhere.

C.A.: The Dominican Republic?

Blumenthal: The Dominican Republic was nothing at that time. It was really nothing.

C.A.: Did you decide later to try to put up a factory in the Dominican Republic?

Blumenthal: About 10 years ago, we were planning to put a factory up in the Dominican Republic. But we decided against it.

C.A.: Why?

Blumenthal: That's a good question. Why didn't we do it? Frank decided he didn't want it.

C.A.: Going back to the '60s then, you didn't have a lot of other options?

Blumenthal: We were growing tobacco in Honduras and Nicaragua with the Olivas. That's the tobacco we were using, so logically we felt that that was the place to make the cigars. There was no sense transporting the tobacco from Honduras and Nicaragua to some other place, so, we started a factory there. But we still had to teach everybody to make cigars. We had some of our cigar makers and ex-Cuban cigar makers go down there to teach the people, and it worked.

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