Ally Liu, founder of Azure Water Company, which was named a GrowFL 2017 Florida Companies to Watch honoree, is an corporate engineer turned serial entrepreneur.
“I worked in the U.S. at an engineering company that designed and built packaging lines for beverage companies,” she said. “I decided to take that model to China and started an engineering services firm in Shanghai to serve the Chinese market. After 10 years, my husband and I wanted to return to our home country so we decided to build our own packaging line in Florida.”
Liu researched the market and determined bottled water consumption was forecast to increase. Her engineering experience allowed her to build a line that provided a competitive advantage over other packagers.
“We designed and built our production line in unique way to be flexible enough to handle 10 truckloads in a day or just 10 cases of water for a wedding,” she explained. “We prepared for three years from concept to build. We used everything we had to build this plant. All our resources went into it. As a result, we don’t have a bank loan and now we can fly because we have everything ready and don’t need any more equipment or investment.”
That strong growth helped Azure Water Company win recognition as one of GrowFL’s 50 Florida Companies To Watch. “We’re honored and humbled to be recognized,” Liu said. “Our employees are dedicated to producing tailor-made bottled water for our diverse clientele. We couldn’t be more excited to share this experience with other companies who share this honor.”
Liu’s advice for aspiring entrepreneurs is short but worth listening to. “Be persistent,” she said. “Be consistent and work hard.”
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