TAMPA, Fla. (970 WFLA) – J.C. Newman Cigar Company reps say they will cover two sides of its iconic clock tower Monday with appeals to save its historic factory at 2701 N 16th Street.

Reps say the giant banners urge people to "Save This Factory" by visiting www.savecigarcity.com. There, visitors will learn more about proposed FDA regulations and how they can comment to exempt the last operating cigar factory in Cigar City (Tampa), Florida.

Measuring 20’ by 30’, the signs will be on display from the south and east walls of the tower for the daily commuters who drive past the factory every day. 

In April 2014, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published proposed regulations on the cigar industry, according to reps. Complying with these regulations as drafted would be so cumbersome and cost-prohibitive it may force the last operating cigar factory in Tampa (J.C. Newman Cigar Company) to close, company reps said.