Phone: (804) 233-7668The origins of Sutliff Tobacco Company go back to the mid-19th century. In 1849 H.W. Sutliff founded the Sutliff Tobacco Company in San Francisco, California. From the mid-19th century until the early 1900’s the company primarily operated as a retail establishment, selling cigars and pipe tobaccos. Starting in 1933, the company began manufacturing its flagship brand “Mixture 79”.Demand for Mixture 79 grew all through the 30’s and 40’s to where finally, in 1953, the company needed a larger manufacturing facility. At that time (as now) Richmond, Virginia was at the center of the tobacco business in the United States and most of the major tobacco companies had their production facilities located in Richmond. Most of the major leaf dealers had warehouse and distribution facilities located in the city, and the location was close to the tobacco markets in southern Virginia and North Carolina.