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Eldorado Natural Spring Water Company History

Ah... the 80's!

Eldorado Artesian Springs, Inc. was founded on April 1, 1983, when  partners Doug Larson, Jeremy Martin, and Kevin Sipple purchased many of the Eldorado Springs Resort properties from the Fowler family. At that time, the company became owners of 40 acres of land, the springs, eleven wells, water rights, bottling plant, warehouse, resort pool, and numerous other homes and buildings.

The company began operations by initiating a five gallon delivery service to homes and businesses and by restoring and opening the spring-fed swimming pool. Steady growth necessitated that the company expand its bottling and warehouse space. To meet this need the company arranged with Boulder County zoning officials to allow production in the former dance hall. This increased useable floor space by 10,000 square feet.

In April of 1986, Eldorado Artesian Springs, Inc. became a public company. This was accomplished through an acquisition and merger with a company which was already publicly owned. The resulting influx of capital spawned a period of substantial growth and also allowed for the installation of a one gallon filling operation. One gallon sales commenced in March of 1988. So unique was the packaging, that the company was featured on USA Today.

 

Watch founders Doug, Jeremy, & Kevin discuss the history of Eldorado Natural Spring Water and their award-winning water and company!

Snow-covered photo of Eldorado Artesian Springs, Inc.

Continued Growth

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Expanding Line

In 1988, management decided to expand the activities of the company from being service-oriented in the five gallon delivery business, to one that also was production-oriented in relation to national distribution of smaller (liter size) packages. The new, smaller packaging allowed for distribution to retail outlets across the country. The company began work on this project by acquiring a complete fill line capable of filling, capping and labeling up to 3,000 bottles per hour of all sizes less than two liters.

In 1989, the company completed phase one of a three phase facility reconstruction project on the bottling plant/warehouse. Completion of phase one allowed for the setup and operation of the fill line for smaller bottles, which was completed by January 31, 1991.

The company has experienced growth in the most recent years that underlined the need for additional office, warehouse and bottling space. In January of 2001, the company began construction of a new facility in Louisville, Colorado, about 10 miles from Eldorado Springs. The new facility consists of a total of approximately 38,000 square feet.

The building was completed in August 2001 and the company began to operate out of the new location on a limited basis by moving all office personnel to the new facility. In addition, the products were transported from Eldorado Springs to the new location in Louisville and the delivery trucks began operating out of the new facility. By December 2001, the company moved all of the bottling lines to the brand new bottling plant. At this time, the water is transported to the new facility in stainless steel tanker trucks. At the bottling plant, the water is then transferred into stainless steel holding tanks until it is used for bottling.

 

Recent Updates and Accomplishments

2002 

  • Finalists for Colorado Ethics Business Award.

2003 

  • Launched the nation’s first ever subscription water service plan.

2004 

  • Introduced filtration systems to line of products.

2005 

  • Celebrated 100 anniversary of resort on July 4th.
  • Became first Colorado distributor of the now popular Keurig single serve coffee.     

2007

  • Introduced line of first organic flavored vitamin water in US.
  • Introduced 3 gallon glass bottles as an option to plastic bottles.
  •  Awarded Business of the Year by Louisville Chamber.

2009 

  • Focused on sustainability by putting in a 100 watt solar system
  • Won silver medal at Berkley Springs International Water Tasting.

2010 

  • First water company in US and second in the world to use 100% rPET – bottles made of post –consumer recycled plastic.
  •  Received Responsible Packaging Award for rPET bottles at Expo East  in Boston, MA.
  •  C0- founders inducted in to the Boulder County Business Hall of Fame
  •  Received Good Samaritan Award from Exempla.
  •  Won silver medal at Berkley Springs International Water Tasting.
  •  Good Housingkeeping magazine picked as best Vitamin Water.

2012 

  • Received Large Business Award from Superior Chamber.

2013

  •  Celebrated 30thanniversary.

2014 

  • Co-founder Kevin Sipple retires. Company held their first annual Unifying Event.
  •  Won silver medal at Berkley Springs International Water Tasting.
2016
  • Eldorado goes private and long term employees Cathy Shoenfeld CFO and Kate Janssen CBDO became co-owners of the business.  
  • Won gold medal at the Berkley Springs International Water Tasting.

2017

  • Received Green Business Gold Award from City of Louisville.

2018

  • Received Green Business Gold Award from City of Louisville.

2019

  • At the 5thAnnual Unifying Event, an employee emergency fund was created called Eldo’s Angel Foundation
  • 40th anniversary of the Eldorado Springs Run for a Cure, the longest running non-profit race in Colorado.
  • Won gold medal at the Berkley Springs International Water Tasting.
award-winning
Green Business Golden Award 2018
  

Leadership Team

Our skilled leadership team acts as both business professionals and environmental stewards. Our "Guardianship of the Spring" and love of family and community drives our heart-felt values of Excellence, Well-Being, Teamwork, Trust and Profitability.

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