June 05, 2006 08:00 ET

Nationwide Auto Parts Franchise, 1-800 Radiator, Opens Its First Stores in Iowa

Three Iowa Locations Open on Monday, June 5th

CEDAR RAPIDS and WATERLOO, IA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- June 5, 2006 --1-800 Radiator, the nation's largest independent distributor of cooling components will open their first stores in Iowa. The stores are located in three of Iowa's largest cities, Cedar Rapids, Des Moines and Waterloo and will bring the total number of 1-800 Radiator locations across the country to 72.

1-800 Radiator delivers their parts to the automotive repair shops and do-it-yourselfers that they serve, usually within a few hours of the order. Unique features, such as doorstep delivery and a lifetime warranty on parts and labor, have allowed the company to grow from a small business, to one with over 64 million dollars in revenue. Two years ago 1-800 Radiator began franchising, offering entrepreneurs the opportunity to grow their own small businesses. Each franchise consists of a warehouse and a proprietary territory. The company expects to award all available franchise locations within the next three years to businessmen like Carl Corkery, the owner of the outlets in Cedar Rapids and Waterloo.

The fact that the 1-800 Radiator locations are locally owned and operated means that owners like Corkery can build relationships with their customers and bring their own personality and business style to the franchise. The individual business owners provide personalized service, while 1-800 Radiator corporate provides technological support and the largest inventory in the United States. For customers this means that almost any radiator is available for immediate delivery through a locally owned business. Simple things like a small bag of candy in the box with each radiator create a unique buying experience and are indicative of the company's combination of small business and big resources.

Carl Corkery's outlets in Cedar Rapids and Waterloo, and the Des Moines location will open Monday, June fifth. Between them, they offer same day delivery of radiators and cooling components to much of Iowa.

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
    Email Contact