Interstate Batteries

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A retail location in Hillsboro, Oregon

Interstate Batteries is a privately owned company that markets automotive, marine/RV, motorcycle, lawn and garden, and other lines of batteries in the starting, lighting and ignition (SLI) markets. Batteries are manufactured and sold through independent distributors to more than 200,000 automotive shops. The company is based in Dallas, Texas. Interstate sells products throughout North America, Australia, the Caribbean and Latin America.

History[edit]

In 1950, John Searcy began selling and delivering car batteries to wholesalers in the Dallas/Fort Worth area from the back of his pickup truck. After two years, Searcy founded his new company and named it Interstate Battery System, after the new interstate system being built across the U.S. He based his business on high principles: offer the best-quality product, provide impeccable service and treat the customer with respect. Retiring in 1978, John Searcy left the company under the leadership of President and Chairman Norm Miller. The first venture was the Interstate Batteries Great American Race, which for 13 years took vintage car owners and their vehicles on a two-week, cross-country rally. In 1990, Tommy Miller became Interstate Batteries’ President and C.E.O., while Norm remained Chairman of the Board. The company’s presence took off in NASCAR. Interstate became title sponsor of Coach Joe Gibbs’ new Winston Cup team in 1992, winning the Winston Cup Championship in 2000. Today, Interstate is proud of the 60-year old reputation established and continue moving forward in their history as Scott Miller leads a family legacy as Interstate Batteries’ President and CEO.

Interstate had distributorships in all 50 states and Canada and today you can also find Distributors in Australia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Guyana and Panama.

Major Groups Within Interstate Batteries[edit]

  • Operations - The Operations team, led by Vice President Walt Holmes, partners with Interstate's independent Distributors and company-owned distributorships to grow market share profitably, collect and recycle lead in a way that's both safe and cost-effective and provide batteries to more than 200,000 Interstate Dealers in the U.S., Canada, Latin America and beyond. These team members work closely with Distributors and managers to develop business plans that strengthen each distributorship and the system as a whole. The company-owned territories work to maximize operational resources and pioneer best practices that can be introduced across the system.
  • Interstate All Battery Center - Established in 1998, Interstate All Battery Center was created to meet the growing demand for portable battery power in both retail and commercial markets. Interstate All Battery Center, led by Vice President Michael Tapp, offers replacement batteries for consumer electronics, cellphones, laptops, power tools and many more. They also rebuild custom batteries for consumer electronics.
  • Recycling - Led by Vice President Jon Savage, Interstate Batteries Recycling manages the safe and timely recycling of lead-acid batteries while developing and supporting distributorships. The Recycling group coordinates the large daily shipments of scrap lead-acid batteries, serving customers across the U.S. and Canada. They also help Interstate Distributors implement Interstate’s proprietary recycling program, the Green Standard, for local scrap collection and recycling.
  • PowerCare - Under leadership of Vice President Wendell Samuel, PowerCare’s two teams – stationary and motive – support major commercial customers across America, engineering and installing unique power solutions to support forklift batteries, backup power, uninterruptible power supply systems, telecommunications batteries, switchgear applications and much more. With satellite sales teams across America and a hub of expertise, Interstate Batteries PowerCare supports the healthcare, petroleum and telecommunications industries by providing batteries.

Joe Gibbs Affiliation[edit]

Interstate Batteries is a sponsor for the Joe Gibbs Racing NASCAR team. Interstate Batteries is best known for its relationship of 23 years and counting with Joe Gibbs Racing in NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series. The company has been active in motorsports since 1983 when Chairman Norm Miller became co-founder of the Interstate Batteries Great American Race. In 1993 Joe Gibbs Racing and Interstate Batteries won their first race: The 1993 Daytona 500. Notable drivers that have run the company's sponsors have been Bobby Labonte, Dale Jarrett, and Kyle Busch.

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