USTC Names New CEO

Oscar House comes from cooperative’s manufacturing plant
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RALEIGH, N.C. -- One of the largest tobacco-farming cooperatives and maker of tobacco products, U.S. Tobacco Cooperative (USTC), named Oscar House its new president and CEO.

House started his new leadership position on Jan. 15. He came from USTC’s manufacturing facility in Timberlake, N.C., called U.S. Flue Cured Tobacco Growers Inc., where he was the senior vice president of manufacturing.

Oscar House

He has held other jobs in the tobacco industry, most notably, director of operations for Philip Morris International, New York, where he oversaw its Bogota, Colombia, operations.

“The cooperative has a strong legacy of proudly delivering exceptional service and products to our customers,” said Jimmy Hill, chairman of USTC. “House is committed to that tradition.”

“I am excited to begin this new chapter,” House said. “I’m ready to lead USTC and its subsidiaries to new levels, as we continue operations as a world-class, leaf and consumer products organization.”

House will have responsibility for the day-to-day activities of the consolidated organization, as well as the development and implementation of annual, long-term and strategic plans. He will report directly to the USTC’s board of directors.

The cooperative processes flue-cured tobacco grown by its 650 member growers in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia. USTC processes and sells member-grower tobacco as raw materials to cigarette manufacturers worldwide. Subsidiaries of USTC include U.S. Flue Cured Tobacco Growers (USFC), Premier Manufacturing, Franchise Wholesale (doing business as Wildhorse Distributing), Big South Distribution and King Maker Marketing Inc. USTC, through its subsidiaries, also produces consumer products for the U.S. market under brand names of Wildhorse, 1839, Shield, 1st Class, Ultra Buy and Traffic.

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