Interstate Batteries

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A retail location in Hillsboro, Oregon

Interstate Battery System of America, Inc., a.k.a. Interstate Batteries, is a privately owned company that markets automotive batteries manufactured by Johnson Controls through independent distributors. The company is headquartered in Dallas, Texas, and it also markets marine/RV, motorcycle, lawn and garden, and other lines of batteries in the starting, lighting and ignition (SLI) markets. It operates a chain of franchised retail stores, the Interstate All Battery Stores.


The company was founded in 1952 by John Searcy, a Dallas businessman who had been selling batteries out of his pickup truck. Its real expansion began in 1978, when Searcy handed the presidency to Norm Miller. The company became a major advertiser, and expanded into NASCAR sponsorship in the 1990s.


Interstate Batteries is a sponsor for the Joe Gibbs Racing team. Notable drivers that have run the company's sponsors have been Bobby Labonte, Dale Jarrett, and Kyle Busch. In 2010, the company sponsoring NHRA Pro Stock driver Mike Edwards.

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