Arizona Premium Water has always been a family owned and operated company with roots in this industry stretching as far back as the early 1960’s. The Connelly family introduced the first Turbo Ice packaging facility and water purification system in Wichita Kansas where Bill Connelly – Clay’s Father – worked as a young man. Water and Ice have been in the Connelly bloodline for nearly 60 years.
The story of Arizona Premium Water, the company you see today, began back in 1993 when Lee Schaeffer founded the company affectionately known as “Water And Ice” in Phoenix, AZ. The small retail water and ice concept store was born.
The concept became reality and when it began to take off a new wholesale division was created. In 2005, the concept was introduced to the new target market, Lake Havasu.
That’s when Clay Connelly stepped in as CEO and founding member to take the reins and rekindle the family bloodlines of the wholesale water and ice division. 1633 Industrial Blvd became the new company headquarters and four divisions were born:
1) A small retail store
2) Ice packaging facility
3) Detail supply warehouse
4) Bottled water facility.
Clay hit the ground running, nurturing new ice and water accounts and quickly securing contracts, and establishing relationships with all local businesses. Late 2007 As the company began to take shape we really wanted to focus on our identity of who we are and what our values represent.
Fast forward nearly 10 years later to February 2016. It was at this time the direction of the company began to evolve and change. The decision was made to sell the ice manufacturing/delivery division. The focus was put firmly on growing our bottled water division and increasing our detail supply warehouse.
As of May 2018, we were no longer a major ice manufacturer for the local area. It was the moment to take the step to embrace our new identity and officially become “Arizona Premium Water.”