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Multi-generational tobacco entrepreneurs dating back to the 1830s.

BCIC Cigar’s Cigar City Humidors™ are made along side of Park Lane cigar accessories in San Andreas Tuxtla, Mexico under a North American partnership with the Ortiz tobacco family. The company is now located in the Ybor City district of Tampa, Florida known as “Cigar City.”<

The Ortiz family originally purchased their tobacco plantation in 1830. San Andrés Tuxtla, located near the gulf basin in the state of Veracruz, Mexico, is the home of Mexico finest cigar tobacco and the center of Mexican cigar export business. The Valley, colder because of its altitude, is surrounded by hundreds of rivers and streams of fresh, cool water. A few volcanoes have given the soil the richness of high potassium, which nurtures tobacco. The thick and nearly flawless tobacco leaves grown on the Ortiz plantation and sourrounding plantations are well known worldwide for becoming beautiful wrappers. Over the years the business grew and became one of the most respected tobacco growers in the region sparking new ventures for the family.

Jorge Ortiz Alverez began cigar production in the nearby town to his father's plantation. They started with 2 workers in 1967 and by 1972 the company employed over 40 people. The brands Santa Clara Puros, Capa Flor and La Casta were a success. In 1983 a fire destroyed the successful cigar factory. Production resumed only two days after the fire. Due to drive and perseverance the business was saved. Over the years they have become popular brands across the world.

Eventually the company moved in to the next logical venture, packaging. The company began making light wooden boxes for the cigars to be sold in. In 2012 Jorge Ortiz and Kyle Keegan from Houston, Texas began a partnership to build and sell humidors into the United States. BCIC Cigar was born. Since then, thousands of these beautiful humidors and accessories have made their way, for the first time, into the homes of American cigar lovers.

In 2019, Metron Bios LLC bought the assets of BCIC relocated the company to the Ybor City district of Tampa, Florida.

Cigar City Humidors™ is a trademark of Metron Bios, LLC.