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Conveyor System, O'Brien Warehouse, Second Floor, 2006.After tobacco was conditioned and stored in bulkers on the second floor of O'Brien, it was loaded onto a system of conveyer belts, carried over Main Street and lifted to the sixth floor of the New Cigarette Factory for casing and cutting. Although Bull Durham Tobacco Company was the first major tobacco company in Durham, with around 900 employees in 1884, it was James B. Duke's focus on innovative methods of cigarette production that quickly propelled Washington Duke & Sons (later the American Tobacco Company) to become the world wide leader in cigarette manufacturing at the turn of the 20th century.

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Conveyor System, O'Brien Warehouse, Second Floor, 2006.After tobacco was conditioned and stored in bulkers on the second floor of O'Brien, it was loaded onto a system of conveyer belts, carried over Main Street and lifted to the sixth floor of the New Cigarette Factory for casing and cutting. Although Bull Durham Tobacco Company was the first major tobacco company in Durham, with around 900 employees in 1884, it was James B. Duke's focus on innovative methods of cigarette production that quickly propelled Washington Duke & Sons (later the American Tobacco Company) to become the world wide leader in cigarette manufacturing at the turn of the 20th century.