Garry Griffith of Emilio Cigars/House of Emilio posted the following on his From Seed To Smoke blog today:
American Boutique Cigar Manufacturers AssociationLast weekend at the DC Tweetup the idea of a Boutique Cigar Manufacturers Association came up, and I instantly knew the House of Emilio would be on board.
A more formal announcement will come in a few weeks, but in the interim I'd like to invite small manufacturers to contact me to gauge interest.
Our purpose will be to demonstrate to our elected representatives that we are American small businesses, and to garner support in that way.
Obviously this whole idea is in its infancy, and going forward we will be able to more clearly define our purpose as more and more of our fellow passionate brand owners come on board.
My best wishes to all my fellow manufacturers in the industry. Let's hear from those interested, and get the ball rolling.