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Interstate Batteries® Through the Years

Since 1952, we have been evoking our compassionate, trustworthy spirit into our surrounding communities. With a history as rich as our brand, we have continually earned the trust of professionals through our ongoing devotion to quality and service. Our commitment holds steadfast to making a positive impact on our customers, team members and partners, now and for generations to come. 

1950

1950

John Searcy begins selling automotive batteries out of the trunk of his Studebaker pickup.

1952

1952

Searcy founds Interstate Battery System

1961

1961

Interstate partners with Milwaukee-based national battery manufacturer Globe-Union Inc. and introduces the “Mr. Pro” battery label and comic icon

1963

1963

The original Interstate Battery System logo

solid green background

1976

1 million batteries sold in a single year

1978

1978

Founder John Searcy retires, hands over the reins to Norm Miller

 

1980

1980

Interstate introduces the lightning bolt logo

1983

1983

Interstate creates The Great American Race, a two-week, cross-country vintage car race with $250K in prize money and a one-hour special on ESPN

1987

1987

 

Alaska distributorship opens, putting Interstate in all 50 states

1989

1989

Interstate goes global with its first distributorship in Canada

1989

1989

Tommy Miller named president and CEO, Norm Miller remains Chairman of the Board

1990

1990

Interstate becomes North America’s #1 replacement battery

1991

1991

Interstate named title sponsor of NASCAR’s Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR)

1993

1993

First Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win for JGR and Interstate Batteries, the Daytona 500, at Daytona International Speedway

1994

1994

100 millionth battery sold

1998

1998

In the spirit of NASCAR, Interstate debuts a racing-inspired logo

1998

1998

First Interstate All Battery Center opens to provide Every Battery for Every Need®

2000

2000

JGR and Interstate’s NASCAR driver Bobby Labonte wins Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship

2003

2003

Interstate enters the critical power market with PowerCare

200 millionth battery sold, only 9 years after reaching the 100 million battery mark

2004

2004

Carlos Sepulveda named president and CEO

2006

2006

Interstate launches new automotive product line with free-replacement warranties of 18, 24 and 30 months

2007

2007

Auto techs name Interstate "Best Battery" in an independent survey by Frost & Sullivan

2009

2009

Interstate wins Frost & Sullivan “Overall Best Brand of Automotive Batteries” award

Interstate Batteries named to Dallas Morning News’  Top 100 Best Places to Work for first time, ranking 13th

2010

2010

One-month sales record is set at more than 1.5 million batteries

Dallas Morning News names Interstate one of the Top 100 Best Places to Work for the second time

2011

2011

17 million batteries sold in a 12-month period

Dallas Morning News names Interstate one of the Top 100 Best Places to Work for the third time

2012

2012

Interstate wins Frost & Sullivan “Overall Best Brand of Automotive Batteries” award for sixth straight year

Dallas Morning News names Interstate one of the Top 100 Best Places to Work, four years running

2013

2013

Scott Miller becomes president and CEO

Dallas Morning News names Interstate one of the Top 100 Best Places to Work, five years running

2015

2015

First battery sold in China

2015

2015

JGR and Interstate’s NASCAR driver, Kyle Busch wins the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship for Interstate & M&M’s® MARS

2016

2016

25th anniversary of JGR partnership, one of the longest-running alliances in professional sports

2017

2017

Interstate sells a record 18 million batteries in a single year

Today

TODAY

Interstate seeks to deliver the most trustworthy source of power to the world every day.

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