J.C. Newman Cigar Co. has appointed Aimee Cooks to the new position of vice president and general manager of its El Reloj cigar factory in Tampa, Florida. Cooks will oversee all manufacturing responsibilities at the facility and will be responsible for the warehousing and shipping of the cigars that are distributed from the factory, including J.C. Newman and Arturo Fuente-brand cigars.
The J.C. Newman factory is home to artisanal machines that make a host of relatively inexpensive smokes, and a much smaller and newer operation making cigars by hand. Cooks supervises the production of more than 60,000 cigars per day at El Reloj.
Cooks has been at J.C. Newman since 1997, and began as the company’s director of human resources. “Aimee has been an important and trusted member of our family for more than two decades,” said Eric Newman, president of the company.
“I look forward to continuing working for the Newman family in the industry that I love,” said Cooks.