MACON, Ga. (AP) _ Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corp. announced Monday that it is expanding its Macon plant to meet growing worldwide demand.
The expansion includes the installation of high-speed cigarette making and packing equipment that will give the plant the potential to produce 150 billion cigarettes a year, up from the current 100 billion, the company said in a statement.
It also includes the transfer of 150 workers from the research and development division from Louisville, Ky., to Macon, the construction of a 110,000-square-foot research and development facility in Macon and, over the next five years, the hiring of 250 new manufacturing workers, the company said.
The expansion was prompted by a forecast of increased U.S. sales and greater foreign demand for U.S. blended cigarettes, the company said.
″This program better positions our company as a determined, long-term player in U.S. and international markets,″ said Raymond J. Pritchard, Brown and Williamson’s chairman and chief executive officer.