Here is the message that was posted to Facebook through ADVentura Cigars on behalf of Tabacalera William Ventura:
“‘To do great things, we need to be able to endure tragedy and setbacks.’ It is With a heavy heart we inform you that Tabacalera William Ventura (TWV) burned down this morning.
“We don’t have any information as to the cause of the fire, but thankfully no injuries to report. Nothing is salvageable, but we are grateful our current inventory in the USA and many countries around the world is strong.
“We will move production to the former TWV factory. We are working tirelessly to keep up with work flow, but rest assured we will be back stronger than ever. We acknowledge we have suffered a great loss, but our commitment to excellence is our sole focus.
We are broken-hearted for the TWV family, but both their and our commitment to create the best cigars will not be compromised.
“We ask but one favor of the cigar community, please be patient with us. Please be patient with all of the retailers who carry the products we produce. We need your support now more than ever.
“As for Henderson [Ventura], he writes: ‘I’m a factory owner. I’m a blender. I am a father, and I am a son and have many responsibilities to my family, however, right now my focus is our clients and the consumers. Much love and respect to everyone, and thank you for your patience with us during this difficult time.’
“There’s only one thing to do, and that is to jump right in and rebuild.”
Production will reportedly be shifted to El Maestro, a smaller factory owned by the Venturas, while Tabacalera William Ventura remains unavailable.