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Douglas Battery Manufacturing Co. 

 

 

 

 

 

Douglas Battery was founded in 1921 by G. Wilson Douglas, Sr. Shortly thereafter Wilson’s brother, Thomas S. Douglas, Jr. joined him in the business. The two brothers laid a strong foundation for the future growth of the company. Integrity and hard work were the cornerstones of that foundation.

In 1960, Douglas Battery purchased the assets of Perkins Industrial Battery in York, PA. This was a small manufacturer with membership in Molds, Inc., a co-op that provided access to the parts necessary to build an industrial battery. The equipment was moved to Winston-Salem, and for a period of time, sat unpacked and unused. With the skill of an extraordinary craftsman, Brooks Vogler, the first Douglas industrial battery was built in June of 1963 and sold to Botony Mills in Thomasville, NC. The battery was a DB6-13-360 and sold for $335.

On January 7, 1966, Hanes Hosiery Mills Company of Winston-Salem issued a purchase order for an industrial battery and charger. This was the first industrial battery/charger combination Douglas Battery had ever sold. The battery was a DB6-13-72 and sold for $435. The charger, a used Berg-Gibson model J65B, sold for $137.00. With the confidence of that purchase, space was designated in the automotive factory for the exclusive use of industrial battery manufacturing.

Douglas Battery Manufacturing, based in Winston-Salem, said in January 2010 it would be going out of business. It sold its brands and designs to EnerSys of Reading, Pa., for an undisclosed price. It stopped making industrial batteries in March 2010, eliminating 90 of its remaining 125 jobs. EnerSys said they would maintain the Douglas Battery brand and designs for the line of industrial batteries and chargers, and retain the existing sales team, manufacturer's representatives and distributors. Douglas Battery Manufacturing Co. President Charles T. Douglas bcame the Douglas Battery brand's vice president of sales for EnerSys.

In June 2012, the bankruptcy of Douglas Battery Manufacturing Co. was converted into a Chapter 7 case to try to expedite the sale of most of its properties. The development came about two weeks after attorneys for Lexington Road Properties Inc., then owner of Douglas Battery Manufacturing, requesting an additional 60 days to file a reorganization plan. Lexington Road filed the original Chapter 11 petition Jan. 27. It was formed to own what was left of Douglas Battery Manufacturing after the EnerSys sale.

The company said in a filing Feb. 15 that its real property was worth $3.94 million, primarily $1.95 million for its 73,800-square-foot distribution center at 2955 Starlight Drive in Winston-Salem and $1.4 million for its 45,700-square-foot headquarters and plant at 500 Battery Drive, also in the city.

The bankruptcy does not affect Douglas Battery & Auto Care, a retail service center with shops in Winston-Salem and Lexington.

 

 

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