2004 Existing Business Success Story

Z Bottling Corporation

  • Owner: Phil Steffens and Charles Steffens
  • Nature of Business: Water Bottling Plant
  • City: Scott City
  • County: Scott County
  • Phone: 620-872-0100
  • Business Structure: Sub S Corporation
  • Business Began: 1999
  • Employees: 4
  • KSBDC Consultant: Patricia Veesart

Secret to Success:

"We want to thank our family and friends for their support and help in getting started and continued support as we grow. It's been a exciting time and a big learning experience-take the time to listen to your customers."

Many years ago "bottle it" were words that sparked a turning point in the carbonated beverage industry. Phil Steffens and his son, Charles, of Scott City saw another opportunity in the bottling industry and wanted to be a part of it. Bottled water has fast become one of the most popular drinks on the market. They wanted to start a custom water bottling business, specializing in private label bottling. They approached the Garden City Community College Small Business Development Center for assistance in testing the feasibility of their ideas and to put together a business plan. They had done a lot of research but needed help in organizing their ideas. Z Bottling Corporation received their initial loans in 1999, acquired the land and put their new building in Scott City. They started manufacturing under their own label in November 1999. They are currently doing business across the Central United States with over thirty custom labels in addition to their own. The custom labels range from high school booster clubs to banks, utility companies, economic development agencies and many private businesses. The custom bottles serve as an advertisement for the companies as well as refreshment for their customers and employees. Z Bottling Corporation custom bottles range in size from one-half liter up through five-gallon dispenser bottles. The five-gallon bottles were added at the request of their customers and have been one of their best sellers. They have also added purified ice sales and "Squincher" sports drink - available in ready-to-drink or concentrate - to their sales offerings. The business continues to grow every year and they are expecting long-term success.

"Our consultant was really helpful in getting us started, she was willing to take the time to sit down and analyze the costs and potential sales - then she made sure we understood it too. We are very pleased with the assistance we receive from the GCCC SBDC - our consultant stays in touch and stops by to check on how things are going for us. We refer both existing and anyone starting a new business to their services."