June 12, 2006 11:42 ET

1-800 Radiator, Comes to Hartford

New Location Will Serve Much of Connecticut

HARTFORD, CT -- (MARKET WIRE) -- June 12, 2006 -- The growing auto parts franchise 1-800 Radiator open their seventy-seventh warehouse today. The Outlet, located just outside of Hartford, will serve Hartford and the surrounding counties.

1-800 Radiator is the nation's largest independent distributor of Radiators and cooling accessories. The company has an inventory of over 83,000 parts and offers customers same-day doorstep delivery and a lifetime warranty on both the part and labor. Since1-800 Radiator began to franchise in 2004 they have opened 55 franchise locations throughout the nation. The Hartford outlet brings the total to 56.

The owners of the Hartford franchise are Mike Henry and Mike Cartier. Both are experienced businessmen. Mike Henry has over 20 years of experience in sales and Mike Cartier owned a pizza franchise. They both have experience managing delivery routes. This experience in sales, franchise ownership and distribution ought to serve them well in their endeavor as owners of a 1-800 Radiator location. For franchisees of all levels of experience the company provides training on the workings of the radiator market, how to use the computer systems that allow the franchisees to manage their inventory and ways that each franchisee can manage his territory and serve his customers effectively.

1-800 Radiator also sells its parts to retail customers, but these do-it-yourselfers make up only a portion of the company's customer base. Wholesale auto garages and repair shops generate most of 1-800 Radiator's repeat business. According to Mike Henry, he and Cartier plan to get out right away and meet the owners of these shops. "We want to let them know that we're here and will offer better service then they might be used to." Like many entrepreneurs and business owners, Mike Cartier and Mike Henry know the importance of good customer service. Because 1-800 Radiator franchises are locally owned and operated, owners can personally oversee the buying experience of each customer. This has good results for franchisees like Cartier and Henry who are able to offer their customers the competitive pricing and wide selection of a large company and the comprehensive customer service of a locally owned business.

Mike Cartier and Mike Henry open their outlet today, Monday, June 12, 2006.

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 retail and wholesale customers with radiators delivered to their doorstep in a matter of hours at competitive pricing. 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 Ted Rippey, Director of Franchising call Ted Rippey at (707) 580-4548 or email him at

Contact Information

  • For further information contact:
    Ted Rippey
    (707) 580-4548
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