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    NATO to Launch Retail Tobacco Trade Show in 2011

    Inaugural show will be held in Las Vegas.

    WAHINGTON -- The National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO) board of directors has decided to create a new retail tobacco trade show, which will launch in 2011, NATO President Andrew Kerstein announced during the NATO Annual Awards Dinner, held in Las Vegas, March 2.

    The new NATO trade show will be held in Las Vegas in 2011. As additional details about the new show are finalized, information will be provided to NATO members.

    Also during the dinner, NATO members celebrated the organization's ninth anniversary. NATO was formed in Las Vegas in March 2001.

    With more than 300 retailer, wholesaler and manufacturer guests, NATO President Andrew Kerstein thanked the sponsors that made the annual dinner event possible. Sponsors included:

    -- Platinum Sponsors: Altadis, U.S.A., Altria Client Services, Inc., Altria Sales and Distribution and R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company.

    -- Gold Sponsors: American Snuff Company, Swedish Match & General Cigar, and Swisher International.

    -- Silver Sponsors: Commonwealth Brands, John Middleton, Inc., Nat Sherman, Inc., National Tobacco Company, Republic Tobacco Company, Santa Fe Natural Tobacco, and U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Brands.

    -- Bronze Sponsors: BIC Corporation, Camacho Cigars, and Liggett Vector Brands, Inc.

    -- Pewter Sponsors: Cusano Cigars/Domrey Cigars, Davidoff of Geneva (CT), Drew Estate, House of Oxford, Inter-Continental Cigar Corp., J.C. Newman Cigar Company, Lorillard Tobacco Company, Premier Manufacturing, Inc., and Rouseco, Inc.

    -- Patron Sponsors: Arango Cigar Co., Carolina Tobacco Company, D & R Tobacco, East West Trading Corp., JT International U.S.A., Inc., King Maker Marketing, M & R Holdings, New Image Global, Star Scientific, and Zippo Manufacturing Co.

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