Republic Tobacco

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JOB rolling papers 1896 ad (bought in 2005)

Republic Tobacco LP is a multinational wholesaler, distributor, and retailer of tobacco, based in the Chicago suburb of Glenview, Illinois, United States.

Republic Tobacco is wholly owned by Republic Group, which includes the manufacturer affiliates of Top Tobacco, Republic Technologies (JOB cigarette papers), Altesse GMBH (filter tubes), H.T.H. Tabak (cigarettes, snuff, and tobacco), and Productos Technologicos Catalanes (smoking accessories), as well as Republic Tobacco, representing a combined sales and distribution presence in more than 90 countries [1].

The company was founded by Donald Levin. Levin began with a small smoke shop called Adams Apple (which still exists, although it is no longer owned by Levin). He then went into wholesale distribution and grew his company into the largest roll-your-own tobacco company in the world.[citation needed]

In 1969, Levin became the U.S. distributor for JOB rolling papers. He built the brand and used the profits to purchase the TOP Tobacco Factory & Brands from R. J. Reynolds in the early 1980s. He is rumored to have a copy of the check he wrote to RJR on his wall to this day.[citation needed]

Over the years, Levin oversaw his company's expansion, which eventually culminated in his purchase of some of the Bolloré brands and assets in the tobacco business (the world's largest rolling paper factory and owner of JOB & OCB brands worldwide).[citation needed] In July 2009, he also bought from Bolloré Papeteries du Léman and Papeteries des Vosges, two French paper mills specialized in thin papers [2].

He also purchased the Chicago Wolves sports team; produced many movies, including Maximum Overdrive.

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