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.