Celebrating Our 40th Anniversary

Industrial Battery & Charger, Inc. was started on the fundamental principal that providing a premium product at a competitive price, representing it with honesty and integrity and backing it with a commitment to customer satisfaction is the only way to serve our customers.

Industrial Battery & Charger, Inc. (IBCI) was founded on the fundamental principle that providing a premium product at a competitive price, representing it with honesty and integrity and backing it with a commitment to customer satisfaction is the only way to serve our customers,” said Jason Poston, Vice President of Sales and Service. Over the past 40 years, IBCI has grown to the largest independent, family owned distributor of industrial batteries and chargers in the United States.

The founder of the company, Terry K. Earnhardt, with over 49 years of experience, still serves as President and CEO. His sons, Keith and Tim Earnhardt joined the company in 1992. The brothers learned the business from the ground up and currently serve as Secretary /Treasurer and Executive Vice President, respectively. Terry Earnhardt shared, “Service is what we built the business on.”
And building their business on service is exactly what IBCI accomplished. “What sets Industrial Battery & Charger apart is its service,” Scott Elliott, CEO of Battery Watering Technologies® confirmed.

This privately held company was also built on, and continues to focus on, respecting its customers, employees and vendors as extended family members. “IBCI is my second family,” says Drake Moore, IBCI Sales Representative, Kernersville, NC. When asked about what it was like working at IBCI, Rodney Broome, Director of National Accounts, offered “I truly believe they treat you with compassion and listen to your needs and what you have to say, and treat me like family and treat each employee like family.”

With 13 sales and service centers, Industrial Battery & Charger, Inc. is a dominant force in the motive and stationary battery and charger industry in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. IBCI employs over 200 associates, with over 60 certified service technicians, and daily deploys over 75 mobile service vehicles. IBCI services all brands of motive and stationary power equipment.

IBCI is a distributor for Enersys®, Douglas Battery®, BHS® and Battery Watering Technologies®. The solid relationships that IBCI has built with their vendor partners over the past 40 years are based on honesty, integrity and mutual respect and are equally important to their success. Bob Edwards, Enersys® General Manager shared his thoughts, “When I look at IBCI, the thing that sets them apart is that they are very honest, a honest company and they have a great reputation.” Brian Faust, General Manager of Douglas Battery® added, “Over the years, IBCI has become a great partner with Douglas Battery, they do an outstanding job supporting our customers, standing behind our products in the field and the territories they represent.

IBCI was originally established as a Barrett Battery representative in 1975 in Charlotte, NC. The company was incorporated as Industrial Battery & Charger, Inc. in 1977 and the customer-centered philosophy has proven to be tried and true.
Over the past 40 years, IBCI has grown to be the largest independent and family owned distributor of industrial batteries and chargers in the United States.

In fact, one of the founders of our company, Terry K. Earnhardt, with over 45 years of experience in the battery industry, still serves as President and CEO. Under his guidance we have grown through the establishment of the following branch operations:

Charlotte 1977
Wilson, NC 1983
Atlanta, GA 1986
Greer, SC 1987
Kernersville, NC 1988
Birmingham, AL 1988
Camden, SC 1989
Hickory, NC 1991
Roanoke, VA 1996
Jacksonville, FL 2007
Richmond, VA 2007
Knoxville, TN 2008
Nashville, TN 2015

We have long standing relationships with both EnerSys® and Douglas Battery®, in addition to other industry leading manufacturers, and have been recognized on numerous occasions as Manufacturer’s Representative of the Year.

Through our extensive branch network, we support our customers motive and stationary power needs in Alabama, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and the District of Columbia. Approaching 200 employees, we have approximately 60 service technicians, 75 mobile service vehicles and over 50 sales personnel; all with a combined 1500 years of experience. That’s why we are the battery vendor of choice for over 150 of the Fortune 500 companies.

 

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