In the early 1970’s Carlos Fuente experimented with growing tobacco in Puerto Rico, Mexico, Honduras and Nicaragua. Carlos also worked to open a factory in the Dominican Republic, but the government made it very difficult. Referred by Angel Oliva Jr., Carlos went to Nicaragua and purchased an existing factory there. Three years into production the Nicaragua Factory employed 300 people and produced 18,000 cigars a day. Arturo Fuente passed away on February 11, 1973 at the age of 85 which inspired the creation of the Flor Fina 8-5-8 in 1975. Flor Fina 8-5-8 was created in memory of Arturo Fuente with his own special blend.
In 1978 the Sandinistas Liberation Front rebellion took over Nicaragua, clearing roads and burning down anything in their path including the Fuente factory. Carlos Fuente had to quickly leave Nicaragua to save his own life. The 1979, “Accidental” fire in Honduras caused the Fuente’s to lose a factory once again. During this time Carlos Fuente was able to survive producing cigars from the Ybor City location, but if nothing changed, the Fuente companies were going to face bankruptcy very soon.