is the first installment of some thoughts I have for all of you.
First, thank you all for helping Puerto Rico, the Puerto Rico
Tobacco Corporation and Don Collins Cigars to have a record year.
Thanks to all the farmers in the Cooperativa Tabacalera for provided
our factory with the most abundant, highest quality tobacco crop
ever. Thanks to the factory management and rollers for creating
the finest blends and cures we have ever offered to the public.
I want to extend special thanks to the office and administrative
staff for their over-the –top efforts in answering your
calls, letters, e-mail and especially for getting the orders together
and out of the factory to you in record times throughout the year.
For those of you
don’t know, our history is no story! When reading
our History Section of the website you will notice that we give
the names of the academic authors from whom we derive our information
about our company. We learn more every year. For instance, we
didn’t know when we first built the website that the Puerto
Rico Tobacco Corporation (originally spelled: Porto Rico Tobacco
Company) was in fact charted by the King of Spain in 1493, one
year after Christopher Columbus became governor of the island.
That makes the Puerto Rico Tobacco Corporation the oldest company
in the western hemisphere.
There is nothing
that I can say or write that will adequately express my feelings
of gratitude for the repeat clients that have really put us in
the spotlight this year. You won’t find us trying to compete
with the really big dogs at the “big smokes” held
all around the country and you won’t find us in the big
periodicals that the really big dogs buy their way into. But you
will find that we have had the largest growth rate among all cigar
companies for the past 15 years and that we are truly the oldest
company in the world that makes cigars. Browse our site, maybe
find your picture if you have been in our establishment (look
in the Customer Photo Section)
and then (in the History Section)
you can read all about it.
I need to point out
a very special thanks to all of our technical support people at
Bonito Design Studio, our accountants, bookkeepers, legal consultants,
board of directors and of course our promotional crew. These people
are the very, very best.