Partagas Cigar Factory



Jaime Partagás, the founder of the Cuban cigar factory that even has his name, was born December 7, 1816, in Arenys de Mar, a city near to Barcelona, Spain. With only 14 years old, sail to Cuba, and when he was 18, started in the business of tobacco with help of his friends.

Towards 1838 he began to twist cigars and open his own factory on Industria Street, Havana. In 1844, he creates the brand "La Flor de Tabacos de Partagas y Compania". By this time he bought in the county of Pinar del Río the farm "Hato de la Cruz", for the cultivation of tobacco, with 45 farmers. In addition, he created two stores where the farmers can acquire by credit all they needs for their homes and for the work in the fields.

In 1868, by rivalry in business, Jaime Partagás was killed. His properties pass to his widow and sons. Then, they sold the factory with its brands and the farm to the Asturian Juan A. Bances. When he went of business, Mr. Bances sold the cigar factory to Mr. Ramón Cifuentes.

Mr. Cifuentes, in society with Mr. Jose Fernandez, create the firm “Cifuentes, Fernandez y Compañia”. In 1914 Mr. Cifuentes bought shares has Mr. Fernandez in the company and sold it to Mr. Francisco Pego Pita. Now, the name of the society was “Cifuentes, Pego y Compania”. This society bought in 1927 the enterprise "Allones Ltd.", together with its brands "La Eminencia" and "Ramon Allones". The brand “Ramón Allones” became the second most important in the Company, after “Partagas”. In the year 1927 the brothers Benjamin and Alonso Menendez, proprietors of “H. Upmann” cigar factory, sell to “Cifuentes Pego y Compania” its brands “Particulares” and “Byron”.

Ramón Cifuentes dead in Spain in April 1938. However, the enterprise remains with the name “Cifuentes, Pego y Compania”. In 1940 the brands "La Gloria Cubana" and "Bolívar", belong to the enterprise “J.F. Rocha y Compania” since 1905 and 1921 respectively, were also purchased and incorporate to the productions of Partagás factory.

In November 1940 Francisco Pego Pita dead in Havana. Few months later his heirs decide leave the enterprise and in August 12, 1941 were proprietors Ramón, Rafael, Manuel y Leandro Cifuentes, sons of Ramon Cifuentes. Then, the society became "Cifuentes, Alvarez and company".
Finally, in April 14, 1962, the brand “Partagas” and the others belong to "Cifuentes, Alvarez and company" became property of the “Empresa Cubana del Tabaco”.

Mr. Jaime Partagas (1816-1868)