Tampa Advertising Agency Dunn&Co. Purchases Corina Cigar Factory Building

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Dunn&Co. acquires historic cigar factory in Ybor City for $1.3 million.

Dunn&Co., an advertising, branding and video production agency based in Tampa, Fla. has acquired the historic Corina Cigar Factory in Palmetto Beach, just south of Ybor City and east of the Channelside District, for $1.3 million. The Corina building was erected in 1893 by the Vicente Guerra Cigar Company and the Tampa-Palmetto Beach Railroad Line.

The 36,000-square-foot, three-story brick building has served as Dunn&Co.’s headquarters for the past 12 years. Given the agency’s growth, the purchase of the building made both fiscal and cultural sense.

"The factory’s charm and character has been an enormous part of who we are since our founding 12 years ago,” said president of Dunn&Co., Troy Dunn. “We’re a creative group of people that thrive in a unique environment, and this factory provides the perfect surrounding for imaginations to flourish. We’re now ready to take the next step and turn our space into something spectacular for our growing staff to enjoy.”

Dunn’s vision for the factory includes creating more open space; expanding its production facilities; and adding lounges, a workout area and access to a green roof, while preserving the era in which the building was built.

“It’s important to me to maintain the vintage aspect of the building, to blend the charm of its turn-of-the-century aesthetic with modern usage,” continued Dunn. “It’s a fortunate coincidence for us that the trend today is to relive the days when things were hand crafted with extreme attention to detail, just like this building. Once we’re done implementing our changes, no one’s going to want to go home at the end of the day.”

The forty-person firm creates advertising and branding work for an impressive list of regional, national and global clients. Advertising bellwether Graphis recently recognized Dunn&Co. as having created one of the world’s top ten ad campaigns for dive watch client, Hexa watches.

About Dunn&Co.
Dunn&Co. (http://www.dunn-co.com) is a full-service advertising and marketing communications firm housed in a century-old former cigar factory near Tampa’s historic Ybor City. Dunn&Co. provides award-winning creative solutions for clients worldwide, including GE Healthcare, The Tampa Bay Lightning, Ahold USA, Baxter Healthcare, , Monin, Sabal Trust, The Tampa Bay Rowdies, St. Petersburg Distillery, Majestic apparel, Hexa watches, Sempermed USA, and The Untied Way. Dunn&Co. also provides pro-bono services to the ALS Association Florida Chapter to help fight Lou Gehrig’s disease.

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