Our Heritage

You’d never know our companies came from humble beginnings by looking at them today.  
When George Weyman opened up his tobacconist shop in Pittsburgh in 1822, he had no idea he was taking the first steps toward creating U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company, the world’s largest smokeless tobacco company. And when John Middleton opened his Philadelphia tobacco shop in 1856, he was paving the way to become one of America’s largest cigar manufacturers.
In 1929, when Philip Morris & Co. leaders selected Richmond, Va., as the location to manufacture their cigarettes, they didn’t realize their focus on quality would help the company soon sell more than half of all cigarettes sold in the United States. We’re proud that we’ve provided thousands of manufacturing jobs right here in America for almost a century. And we’re proud of the focus on quality and consumers that has helped make us the leader in the tobacco industry for 40 years.