Ribbon Cutting Celebrates Opening Of 2017 Tobacco Market At Universal Leaf
Enterprise Staff Writer
The Douglas-Coffee County Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony at Universal Leaf in Douglas on Wednesday morning, August 2, signifying the opening of tobacco harvesting season.
2017 marks Universal Leaf’s fifth year in Coffee County, and Universal Leaf Vice President George Scott and his team have high hopes for this season.
Chamber Board Chairman Stanley Lott praised Universal Leaf for their commitment to Douglas and Coffee County, and other speakers included University of Georgia Agronomist J. Michael Moore and local UGA County Extension Agents Kevin Tatum and Jeremy Taylor.
According to their website, Universal Leaf is headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, and was founded in 1918. The Company is the world’s leading leaf tobacco merchant and processor, based on volumes handled by its subsidiaries and affiliates, and has operations in agri-products. Universal conducts business in more than 30 countries and employs more than 24,000 permanent and seasonal workers.
Universal’s business includes selecting, buying, shipping, processing, packing, storing, and financing of leaf tobacco in tobacco growing countries for sale to, or for the account of, manufacturers of tobacco products throughout the world. Universal does not manufacture cigarettes or other consumer products. The Company’s revenues are derived from sales of processed tobacco and from fees and commissions for specific services.
Universal Leaf Vice President George Scott is pictured above cutting the ribbon at the local tobacco warehouse on Wednesday morning, August 2, officially opening the 2017 market. Universal Leaf is located off of Pope Drive in Douglas.