Date: April 2023
Author: Usman Dawood

Klaas Pieter Kelner, son of the legendary Hendrik “Henke” Kelner, has opened his new cigar factory, Kelner Cigars, S.A.S., in Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic. The factory is focusing on private-label production for clients and is not currently making its own cigars for sale directly to consumers or stores. Kelner is keeping the initial clients of the factory confidential for now but says they can announce the relationship when they see fit.

The Kelner family has deep roots in the tobacco industry, and Klaas Kelner’s factory continues the family’s tradition of producing high-quality cigars using well-aged, well-fermented tobaccos. Kelner has expressed his commitment to maintaining a process where he personally inspects the tobacco used in the cigars, sorts it, and blends it into well-balanced cigars. He invites cigar enthusiasts to try their cigars made with their signature family craftsmanship.

The factory is located in the Zona Franca Industrial Manuel Espaillat, which is a large free trade complex that also houses other well-known cigar factories such as Tabacalera A. Fuente y Cia, General Cigar Dominicana, and Swisher Dominicana. The factory’s location in this complex positions it perfectly to take advantage of the region’s abundant tobacco resources.

Klaas Kelner has extensive experience in the cigar industry, having worked for Davidoff before leaving the company in 2021 to start his consulting business, Kelner Tabak. He has now fulfilled his lifelong dream of blending beautiful cigars bearing the Kelner name for his family and friends. Kelner is committed to growing his factory organically, creating a close-knit team that believes in the Kelner Family’s passion and commitment to quality control.

All cigars from the factory will be aged for a minimum of three months after rolling before they are sent to clients. This extra aging process will ensure that the cigars are consistent and balanced, using tobaccos that have undergone a complete fermentation and aging process. Kelner’s philosophy is to keep strict quality control over all other stages in the cigar manufacturing flow, ensuring that every cigar is of the highest quality.

In conclusion, Kelner Cigars, S.A.S. is a new cigar factory that is now open and running in the Dominican Republic, founded by Klaas Pieter Kelner, son of Hendrik “Henke” Kelner, who built and ran Davidoff’s operations in the Dominican Republic for more than three decades. The factory is focused on private-label production for clients and is committed to producing high-quality cigars using well-aged, well-fermented tobaccos. Kelner’s philosophy is to keep strict quality control over all stages of cigar manufacturing, ensuring that every cigar is consistent and balanced. With the location of the factory in the Zona Franca Industrial Manuel Espaillat, Kelner is perfectly positioned to take advantage of the abundant tobacco resources in the region.

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