MarCo Manufacturing Company, LLC was chartered in the winter of 1999-2000 in Bennettsville, South Carolina. The organization is committed to providing superior technology for growing, harvesting, handling and curing high-quality US grown tobacco. The founder, president and CEO of MarCo Manufacturing Company is Tom Pharr, who established a reputation for integrity and innovation during a distinguished 25-year career at Powell Manufacturing Company, concluding that career with 8 years as its president. In 2009, Mr. Pharr was honored by NC State University as a Tobacco Great for his career-long commitment to the advancement of tobacco mechanization.
MarCo began life as a manufacturer and supplier of high quality heat exchangers for flue-cured growers. This work was done in conjunction with Vencon-Varsos, a leading Greek company specializing in flue-cured tobacco mechanization equipment. Vencon-Varsos, under the trade name Ventobacco, continues as an exclusive partner with MarCo.