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New start-up bottle-making firm aims to make a difference in the world

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Liberty Bottleworks President and CEO Tim Andis details how his company was formed in the Yakima Valley, to Daybreak Rotarians this past Wednesday.

When Yakima resident Tim Andis decided to start a bottling company, he remembered his life's motto, "Time goes by whether you do anything or not."

His ultimate goal with the idea, besides making a 100 percent American product, is to make a difference in the world.

When the idea hit in 2008, Andis told Daybreak Rotarians this past Wednesday morning that it just made sense to use a reusable water bottle, so he founded Liberty Bottleworks. After months of research Andis began building a plant.

He says a plant is supposed to take two years to build.

"But nobody told me that, so we built it in six months," he said.

The water bottles and everything used to manufacture them are BPA (Bisphenol A) free, 100 percent American made and produces zero waste, says Andis. BPA is an organic compound with a chemical formula that may be harmful to consumers using food container products.

The plant, which operates in Union Gap, was built in 2010. The company made its first delivery Dec. 21, 2010. Last year the company delivered more than 200,000 bottle orders. With only three months into this year, the company has delivered more than 100,000 orders.

Andis says the company got its start with local investors.

"From Yakima to Tri-Cities people pooled their money together and believed in this project," he said.

In addition to the large water bottle orders, the company has also delivered more than 15,000 bottles around the world to help with efforts of clean water.

"I see all these wells and clean water efforts, but the containers people use to put the water in isn't very good," he said after seeing photos of indigenous people filling gas cans and old bleach containers with their drinking water.

Liberty's bottles are safe, clean and if Andis has anything to do with it, will be part of keeping people healthy with good drinking water.

The bottles are made from 100 percent recycled aluminum. He says when designing the bottle necks, the company decided to go with a tapered neck, much like a wine bottle. The caps don't screw on with threads, they simply pop on.

The inside coating is made from a food-grade powder, instead of a harmful plastic lining. The outer coating is made similarly but with color and the ability to hold specialized designs.

Andis says since the company's creation he's gotten interest from Ford, Crayola, and other big names.

For more information on the company, visit www.libertybottles.com.

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