The Chamber of Commerce recently celebrated the opening of Universal Leaf Tobacco Market for their fourth season in Douglas.
According to Universal Leaf Tobacco Market Vice President George Scott, orders are up in the business and the market is maintaining their volume.
Scott stated, “Were excited to be back in Coffee County for the fourth year. I can tell you that we are better off this year than we were a year ago. Were looking forward to being in Coffee County for many more years.”
Chamber Board member Sandy Sharpe stated, “Any industry that wants to come back to Douglas is a great thing, especially a seasonal industry. It helps our economy grow in Coffee County and we thank you for that.”
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.