American Snuff Co. to Open New Memphis Facility

New plant to open early next year; doubles production

Published in Tobacco E-News

By  Linda Abu-Shalback Zid, Senior Editor

MEMPHIS, Tenn.-- American Snuff Co. is set to begin production in a new, nearly-800,000 sq.-ft. facility in January. The new facility is expected to double the company's current 800,000 unit-per-day production, according to a company spokesman.

MEMPHIS, Tenn.  -- American Snuff Co. is set to begin production in a new, nearly-800,000 sq.-ft. facility in January. The new facility is expected to double the company's current 800,000 unit-per-day production, according to a company spokesman.

American Snuff has been a Memphis-based business since 1900, but the additional capacity of the new facility was needed to meet increased demand, Richard Smith told Tobacco E-News. He said moist snuff volume has been increasing 5% to 7% annually. "This is a key part of the transformation journey of the Reynolds American operating companies."

The new facility is also expected to expand the company's environmental sustainability efforts. It will include full recycling programs, hands-free water faucets and hand dryers and a high-efficiency hot water system.

Natural lighting will be used where possible, with insulated exterior glass and light color schemes maximizing light reflectivity. Lighting control systems will feature motion detectors and daylight sensors.

To reduce manufacturing emissions, new high-efficiency tobacco drying equipment will be used to reduce steam requirements, and propane powered forklifts will be replaced by electric forklifts with rechargeable batteries.

The new facility, 19 miles away from the company's headquarters, will also contain office space, substantial storage for raw materials and finished goods, and a larger research and development lab.

Memphis-based American Snuff Co. is the nation's second-largest manufacturer of smokeless tobacco products.

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