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Local tobacco company sold

Jeff Yeager of Quintin USA in Steamboat Springs has announced his family's specialty tobacco wholesaling company has been acquired by Kretek International of Moorpark, Calif.

Kretek officials, also in the specialty tobacco business, say Quintin will continue to be headquartered in Steamboat and the company's key sales and service personnel will be retained. Administrative and shipping functions will be handled from Kretek's California headquarters.

Quintin USA was purchased by Yeager's parents Richard and Eliza Yeager and the company was moved here in 1992. Jeff Yeager moved his family to Steamboat and became involved in the business after the death of his father in a private plane crash here on July 5, 1999.

Kretek International has been in business since 1983. Kretek's line includes Djarum, Dreams, Treasurer and Springwater cigarettes, as well as other specialty cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco products and accessories.

McElhinney joins Mason & Morse

Mason and Morse Real Estate is pleased to announce that Mark McElhinney has joined the firm.

McElhinney, who has been a resident of Steamboat Springs since 1970, has more than 31 years of real estate experience as both a sales agent and brokerage owner.

"We are extremely fortunate to have Mark on our staff," said Tony Walton, managing broker of Mason and Morse. "He is exactly the type of Realtor we desire, one who has vast real estate experience and knowledge, superior business ethics and great stature in the community."

Contractors attend state conference

A group of local building contracting professionals recently attended the Colorado Specification Institute Symposium held in Lakewood.

The CSI is a technical membership society, which provides ongoing education for architects, engineers, builders and product suppliers.

Tom Fox of Fox Construction, Bill Badaracca of Fair & Square Construction, along with January DiTrani, Vera Crockett and Sheila Henderson of StructureTek LLC attended.

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