Commonwealth Brands Inc., one of the nation’s largest tobacco manufacturers, has announced that it will be moving its headquarters from Bowling Green to Goodlettsville, Tenn., just outside Nashville.
In a statement announcing the move, the company said its growing employee base has outgrown its current facility, necessitating the need for more space.
Commonwealth has been based in Bowling Green since its formation in 1991.
Commonwealth CEO Jonathan Cox said the company’s “exhaustive search” for a new location included Bowling Green and other parts of Kentucky, but they ultimately settled on Goodlettsville. Commonwealth CFO John Mercer noted that the Goodlettsville location offers improved transportation links and a “significantly enhanced opportunity to recruit talented individuals.”
Commonwealth said it expects to move the majority of its 100-member staff to Goodlettsville and projects a substantial increase in corporate office jobs across all its key corporate functions following the move. Commonwealth Brands has been owned since 2007 by the British firm Imperial Tobacco, one of the world’s largest international tobacco companies. Commonwealth brands include Sonoma, Davidoff, Fortuna, Rave and USA Gold cigarettes. Commonwealth also manufactures and markets a number of rolling tobaccos, including Premier, Rave and McClintock.