September 13, 2007 19:12 ET

1-800 Radiator Comes to Battle Creek

Local Entrepreneur and National Parts Distributor Bring High-Quality, Competitively Priced Radiators to Battle Creek

BATTLE CREEK, MI--(Marketwire - September 13, 2007) - Recently, 1-800 Radiator increased their stake in the franchise industry with the opening of their seventh outlet in Michigan. The quickly growing parts distributor has over 150 locations across the country and plans to add 100 more locations in the next year. The Battle Creek outlet is managed by Duane Gunn, and his family. It will serve Battle Creek, Kalamazoo, Benton Harbor, and the Lake Michigan lakeshore.

Duane first learned about the franchise opportunities afforded by 1-800 Radiator when his wife's car overheated and he found himself in need of a new radiator. "Normally," Duane says, "I would just call 1-800 Radiator's hotline, but this time I went online and noticed franchises available... I investigated the possibilities, and the rest is history." Duane, his wife Tara, their two sons, and their sons' families are now wholly invested in building up their franchise.

Auto shops and do-it-yourselfers replace millions of radiators each year. 1-800 Radiator delivers brand-new radiators to these customers within a couple of hours, and at competitive pricing. With this simple service and the work of dedicated franchise owners, 1-800 Radiator has garnered a loyal following. Local franchisees bring an intimate knowledge of their communities and a strong commitment to customer service into new territories. Their rapidly expanding network gives customers all over the United States have access to 1-800 Radiator's lightning-fast delivery times.

For over 25 years, Duane worked for Discount Tire Co. This strong background is evident in his approach to franchise management. He cites "hard work, dedication, and appreciation for the customer" as his guiding business principles. Duane also plans to build good honest relationships with his customers, saying: "Always be honest in business dealings and you will never go wrong." Battle Creek's, auto shop managers and individual mechanics are already benefiting from Duane Gunn's principled way of doing business.

About 1-800 Radiator:

1-800 Radiator is an auto parts distribution franchise and the largest independent parts distributor in the nation. The 1-800 Radiator business model provides wholesale and retail customers with radiators delivered to their doorstep in a matter of hours at competitive pricing. They offer their services through their online outlet,, and through franchise locations across the country. To their franchisees, 1-800 Radiator provides unprecedented technological and practical support.

If you'd like to know more about 1-800 Radiator, or to schedule an interview with a franchising director, please call Joseph Spohn at (866) 780-9392 or contact him via email at

Contact Information

  • For further information contact:
    Joseph Spohn
    (866) 780-9392
    Email Contact