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Republic Tobacco

Republic Tobacco LP is a multinational wholesaler, distributor, and retailer of tobacco, based in the Chicago suburb of Glenview, Illinois, United States.

Republic Tobacco is wholly owned by Republic Group, which includes the manufacturer affiliates of [1].

The company was founded by Donald Levin. Levin began with a small smoke shop called Adams Apple (which still exists, although it is no longer owned by Levin). He then went into wholesale distribution and grew his company into the largest roll-your-own tobacco company in the world.

In 1969, Levin became the U.S. distributor for JOB rolling papers. He built the brand and used the profits to purchase the TOP Tobacco Factory & Brands from R. J. Reynolds in the early 1980s. He is rumored to have a copy of the check he wrote to RJR on his wall to this day.

Over the years, Levin oversaw his company's expansion, which eventually culminated in his purchase of some of the [2].

He also purchased the Chicago Wolves sports team; produced many movies, including Maximum Overdrive.

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