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Our History

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
John Searcy begins selling automotive batteries out of the trunk of his Studebaker pickup.
1952
Searcy founds Interstate Battery System
1961
Interstate partners with Milwaukee-based national battery manufacturer Globe-Union Inc. and introduces the “Mr. Pro” battery label and comic icon
1963
The original Interstate Battery System logo
1976
1 million batteries sold in a single year
1978
Founder John Searcy retires, hands over the reins to Norm Miller
1980
Interstate introduces the lightning bolt logo
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
Alaska distributorship opens, putting Interstate in all 50 states
1989
Interstate goes global with its first distributorship in Canada
1989
Tommy Miller named president and CEO, Norm Miller remains Chairman of the Board
1991
Interstate Batteries becomes the Founding Sponsor of Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR)
1993
First Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win for JGR and Interstate Batteries, the Daytona 500, at Daytona International Speedway
1994
100 millionth battery sold
1996
Joe Gibbs inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Class of 1996
1998
In the spirit of NASCAR, Interstate debuts a racing-inspired logo
1998-2
First Interstate All Battery Center opens to provide Every Battery for Every Need®
2000
JGR and Interstate’s NASCAR driver Bobby Labonte wins Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship
2004
Carlos Sepulveda named president and CEO
2006
Interstate launches new automotive product line with free-replacement warranties of 18, 24 and 30 months text in field
2007
Auto techs name Interstate "Best Battery" in an independent survey by Frost & Sullivan
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
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
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
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
Scott Miller becomes president and CEO
Dallas Morning News names Interstate one of the Top 100 Best Places to Work, five years running
2015
JGR and Interstate’s NASCAR driver, Kyle Busch wins the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship for Interstate & M&M’s® MARS
2016
25th anniversary of JGR partnership, one of the longest-running alliances in professional sports
2017
Interstate sells a record 18 million batteries in a single year field
2019
Kyle Busch wins his 2nd NASCAR Cup Championship for Interstate & M&M's® MARS®
2020
Joe Gibbs inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame, the only former NFL coach in 2 Halls of Fame
today
Interstate seeks to deliver the most trustworthy source of power to the world every day.