Inside Cuba

Box Central

The new Habanos S.A. box factory is a state-of-the-art facility that creates the protective and eye-pleasing packaging for Cuba's prized cigars
By Gordon Mott | From Charles Barkley, March/April 2020
Box Central
The buzz of computerized rotary saws, the hum of a building-wide exhaust system sucking sawdust out of the air and the occasional hammer tapping on the edge of a plywood frame fill the Empresa de Envases para el Tabaco ARCA, Cuba’s new box-making facility on the outskirts of Havana. At various work stations around the 90,000-square-foot building, which once was a tobacco warehouse, 250 workers are dressed casually in jeans and shorts. The men are wearing sleeveless t-shirts and tank tops, and the women sport a range of rainbow-colored tops and long-sleeved shirts. They barely pause in their work as visitors walk by to inspect each step in the process of turning …
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