Energy executive and Scranton native Tom Karam has joined the cigar company as a partner.
After the new year, the company will move into a part of the former Thomson Consumer Electronics building.
Mr. Karam, a former executive with Southern Union Co. and now a member of the board of Williams Partners LP, is familiar with Avanti, owned by his in-laws.
Avanti President Dominic Keating is Mr. Karam's brother-in-law.
"The company faces physical constraints and other challenges that could affect its future viability," Mr. Karam
"We are going to remake the company, preserve jobs and make money."
Initially, Mr. Karam
was asked to consult with the company, offering a fresh set of eyes on a longtime business.