History

Cigar manufacturing and cigar packaging

Back in 1978 a Dutch company opened a plant in Ballaghdereen in the West of Ireland to manufacture cigar bobbins (casings). This is the same facility where ECMI is situated today – over 30 years later. While much has changed in terms of the ownership of the business and the technology employed, our commitment to quality is steadfast.

In 1980 Gerry O’Dowd was appointed General Manager however although the Irish operation was profitable the parent company struggled. Production at the plant came to a halt in 1990 and Gerry bought the business from the administrator. Shortly afterwards Villiger took a majority stake and soon the company was back employing over 70 staff locally, manufacturing for Villiger and own-name/private labels. By 1998, the factory was churning out between 35 million and 40 million cigars a year.

In 2006 there was a local management buy-out of the business by the O’Dowd family and now Gerry and Aoife O’Dowd manage the business - driving international sales and taking an active part in the day-to-day running of the company.

The company exports over 90% of its products to the U.S, Europe and other international markets and it plans to grow the business considerably over the coming years.

Today ECMI is known for its hand-on, responsive customer service and its un-compromising commitment to quality products.

Virtual Tours

Cigar manufacturing factory tour

  • Tour the factory, meet the team and see our production facilities…

Client Testimonials

“Creamy, smooth with a delightful cap, the cigar produces thick smoke with a very light but pleasurable Irish Whiskey tone to the palate. Nice slow burning white ash and a just tight enough wrap gives it a good feel to the hand”
Consumer
"In our business getting orders in on time is critical and ECMI deliver every time – on time. It’s something less to worry about and that’s always a good thing."
Distributor