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The History of Alliance One

Alliance One International, Inc. is steeped in decades of the successful traditions of its predecessors: DIMON Incorporated and Standard Commercial Corporation. The companies merged on May 13, 2005, to create Alliance One International, Inc., bringing together 200 years of combined experience and expertise.

DIMON was initially formed in 1995 through a merger of Dibrell Brothers Incorporated (founded in 1873) and Monk-Austin Incorporated (founded in 1907). These companies, with strong leadership and experience in leaf-trading operations, came together to create a significant force among international leaf merchants. On April 1, 1997, DIMON acquired all of the outstanding capital stock and other rights of Intabex Holdings Worldwide, S.A. (Intabex), the world's fourth-largest leaf merchant. DIMON's acquisition of Intabex was the largest of its kind in the history of the leaf industry. Intabex owned and operated leaf tobacco buying, processing, and exporting operations in principal tobacco markets around the world, including the United States, Brazil, Argentina, Malawi, Italy and Thailand. At this point in history, DIMON was the second-largest independent leaf tobacco merchant in the world.

Standard Commercial was founded in 1910 as a leaf tobacco merchant specializing in oriental tobacco products from the Mediterranean region. For decades, Standard Commercial was one of the world's largest leaf tobacco merchants, purchasing, processing, storing, selling and shipping tobacco grown in more than 30 countries. Prior to the merger with DIMON, Standard was the third-largest independent leaf tobacco merchant in the world, with tobacco sales spanning 85 countries.

Today DIMON and Standard Commercial are Alliance One International, Inc., with numerous processing facilities around the world. Alliance One purchases tobacco grown in more than 35 countries and serves manufacturers of cigarettes and other consumer tobacco products in more than 90 countries.

Alliance One is proud to maintain the traditions of excellence that began generations ago.