Interstate Batteries dynamic ability to conduct business is remarkable.
Not only is the multi-million dollar company turning a profit during difficult economic times but its employees take the time to help people around the globe.
Founder John Searcy began selling car batteries from the back of his red Studebaker in the Dallas/Fort Worth area in the 1950s. Two years later he founded Interstate Battery Systems.
By the 80s a regular distribution existed in all 50 states including: Canada, Australia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Guyana and Panama.
Company practices include the best quality products and customer services as well a unique mission to conduct business in a way that honors God.
This year employees geared up for their latest mission in Guatemala where they combined efforts with Dori's Promise a foundation that takes pride in passionately serving the world's forgotten children and made a huge impact.
The Guatemala mission included over 20 of Interstate Batteries' employees who united in an effort to change the lives of Guatemalans who are in dire need of help.
"Missions started in the mid 80s when chairman Norman Miller wanted to introduce team members to overseas missions so he designed a program where employees had the ability to join forces and help people around the world." said Chaplain Henry Rogers
Procurement team leader Robert Boehringer gave some insight, "The most impactful day for me was day four at the "New" Ghetto community. By new it meant scrap metal and other materials shacks in an area that was not populated before. The community was right off a highway of sorts and dangerously close to road and on hillside." Boehringer said.
According to Boehringer there were about 120 shacks housing over 300 people with no electricity, plumbing or drinkable water. The community shared four watering filter devices made from a clay filtration system and a plastic bucket.
The plumbing systems consisted of "one outhouse with a single toilet." Boehringer said.
The situation in Guatemala is in dire straits specifically because the highest percentage affected are the children but the combined efforts had a powerful impact.
The Interstate Batteries team accomplished the following in a single day New Ghetto Project. The team raised over $20,000 in funds that allowed them to deliver needed goods and fund several other projects.
- 50 water filters.
- Installed two outhouses with three toilets in each.
- Bought 150 food bags: Rice, beans, corn meal, nutritional drinks and other items.
- Distributed 10 families with bibles.
- Prayed alongside families at their request.
"I never prayed so much in my life, but it felt so good, but also draining as I thought most of them only have a prayer. But through it all most the communities we visited had more of a sense of family and community found in many neighborhoods I've lived in." Boehringer said.
Interstate Batteries sets the bar high for successful companies who find it important to give back to the global community and it's important to recognize.
Not only does the company provide battery products and global services but it also effortlessly contributes to make the world a better place.
Interstate Batteries has proven to be a true global leader in the business arena.
"If we can help just one life it’s worth it." Said Interstate's corporate chaplain Henry Rogers.