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Sunday, November 17, 2013

History: United Cigar Manufacturing Company Factory, Matawan (1903)

The United Cigar Manufacturing Company rented the old canning factory near the Matawan train station to become one of its branches, according to the 14 Oct 1903 edition of The Red Bank Register (pg 6 col 1). The company planned to make improvements to the factory and would need about 300 employees to run the place. Most of those hired would be young women hired to roll cigars. These "girls" would be paid $3/week while training. A skilled cigar factory worker could expect to make about $10/week.

According to the 21 Feb 1907 edition of The Boston Evening Transcript (pg 2 col 3), United Cigar Manufacturers Company was formed in the 1902 consolidation of Kerbs, Wertheim & Schiffer; Hirschhorn, Mack & Company; and Stratton & Storm Company. It was subsequently incorporated in New York under the same name in 1906. As of 1907, the company owned and operated 19 factories in New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey and manufactured 400 million cigars annually for the wholesale market.


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