The already enormous Drew Estate is about to expand their facilities in Esteli, Nicaragua. According to Cigar Aficionado, Drew Estate plans on expanding by building a state-of-the-art, pre-industry tobacco warehouse that should be completed this September.
The new state-of-the-art building will be located across the street from their La Gran Fabrica building, the large factory the company uses to roll premium cigars such as Liga Privada, Herrera Estelie, Undercrown and more.
Company co-founder Jonathan Drew is excited about the new facility and said the planning started back in August of 2012. “This new tobacco facility, it’s going to be amazing,” Drew explained.
The new warehouse will be 64,000 square feet and will be used for tobacco classification and sorting along with tobacco fermentation, things that were always done off-site. With the new building the company will be able to monitor more and have more control over how it processes and handles tobacco. The warehouse will also be two stories, where sorting and classification will take place on the second floor, fermentation on the first.
Executive vice president of international operations for Drew Estate, Nicholas Melillo, says the humidification drums will reduce the amount of time needed to properly humidify a tobacco leaf, increasing consistency. The humidification drums will be on the first floor and can hold up to 2,000 pounds of tobacco leaves. We can't wait to see the end result of this new building!
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