May 30, 2007 16:41 ET

Former 1-800 Radiator Employees Open 1-800 Radiator Franchise in Chattanooga

Clay Cochran and Chris Arrants Go From Employees to Franchise Owners

CHATTANOOGA, TN--(Marketwire - May 30, 2007) - National auto parts distributor, 1-800 Radiator, recently announced the opening of their sixth Tennessee outlet. The warehouse, located in Chattanooga, is owned and operated by two former employees of 1-800 Radiator, Clay Cochran and Chris Arrants. Cochran's parents, Dan and Cathy Cochran, are working partners with Arrants and Cochran, making it a true family operation. The Cochrans and Arrants have added Marcus Kaiser to their team to strengthen their knowledge of the community and help them provide personalized customer service in the community.

The standard automotive radiator lasts only seven years before needing to be replaced. 1-800 Radiator caters specifically to this segment of the automotive industry by providing the auto repair shops and do-it-yourselfers that install these parts with radiators delivered directly to the doors of their businesses or homes. Often, these radiators are delivered within a couple hours of the order being placed. In addition, each part comes with the company's signature lifetime parts and labor warranty, a guarantee supported by over 150 1-800 Radiator warehouses across the nation.

Chris Arrants and Clay Cochran are long-time friends. They grew up together, went to flight school together, and eventually began working at 1-800 Radiator together. At 1-800 Radiator both Arrants and Cochran spent time working closely with the company's franchise operations and franchisees and gaining familiarity with 1-800 Radiator as a company. "We both have extensive backgrounds in operations, customer service, sales and marketing," says Cochran, "and years of experience with 1-800 Radiator." This experience has given them confidence in 1-800 Radiator's franchise support. "1-800 Radiator is well-organized, focused on quality, price, and service," Clay continues, adding, "Franchisees have corporate support, training, and technology that is second to none."

The Arrants and Cochrans are taking a service oriented approach to their franchise. They hope to establish and maintain personal relationships with their customers and help the auto shops in the area to maintain their own high standard of service. "We will supply them with the part they need," says Cochran, "so that they can satisfy their customer."

Chris Arrants and Clay Cochran's 1-800 Radiator outlet opened on Monday, May 14, 2007. It is located at 3801 Dodds Avenue in Chattanooga. The warehouse can be reached at (423) 867-5260.

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

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