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September Business of the Month – Tyler Mountain Water & Coffee

BOM TMWIn July 1930, J.R.M “Red” Knapp drilled a well in his backyard for domestic purposes.  There was an abundance of high quality water, and Knapp began selling the water to local residents in Charleston, WV.  Knapp marketed the water under the brand Tyler Mountain Alkaline Water.  The name was derived from the geographical location of the well and the mineral composition of the water.  Back then the water was sold in one and five gallon glass bottles.  A lot has happened since then.

Tyler Mountain became a pioneer in packaging bottled water in plastic bottles in the 1980’s.  It was one of first companies to blow mold its own bottles and change the way bottled water was packed, shipped and handled.  This opened various markets in coal mining, industrial locations, railroads, and many more across North America.  Because of the elimination of glass weight and fragility, Tyler Mountain was able to ship their packaged water as far west as Utah, and north into Canada.

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