In 1822, George Weyman, inventor of Copenhagen Snuff, opened a tobacco shop in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
While customers made his brand of tobacco one of the most popular in Pittsburgh, even Weyman himself could not have envisioned that his store would spawn a company that became the world’s leading producer and marketer of moist smokeless tobacco products, now called the U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company.
Since its humble beginnings in 1822, USSTC has developed an American heritage and a close relationship with tobacco growers in Kentucky and Tennessee and manufacturing communities in Hopkinsville, Ky. and Nashville, Tenn. that continue almost two centuries later.
USSTC joined the Altria family of companies in 2009 and is headquartered in Richmond, Va. Today, our goal is to be the leading oral tobacco and oral nicotine products company with products that appeal to a diverse set of adult tobacco consumers and have the potential to reduce harm.
Copenhagen leads our moist smokeless tobacco product portfolio. In 2017, it was the number one premium moist smokeless tobacco brand in the United States. Skoal, our other leading brand, was the number two premium brand. We also make Red Seal and Husky.