Back in 1983, Ned Lomerson got the idea to acquire used batteries, recondition them to their highest potential, and sell the refurbished batteries to pre-owned car dealerships and others in need of low-cost yet high-functioning batteries.
As its reputation for trust, quality, and affordability grew, Positive Battery expanded its services and moved into a succession of larger spaces, and by the late 90s a wide range of clientele came to depend on what had now grown into a highly-regarded battery store in Connecticut: police departments, nursing homes, janitorial companies, golf courses, boat yards, the State of Connecticut, and individuals from all over the state with battery needs including hearing aids, cars, cordless power tools, and solar applications.
"America runs on batteries!" says Lomerson, humorously refuting the slogan by the ubiquitous donut company. "Even Prince... His team stopped in when he was performing at the Hartford Civic Center and we helped them out... and they must have liked us because they came back years later when they were back in town and needed a battery for a truck."
A self-proclaimed perfectionist, Lomerson keeps his East Hartford staff small, limiting it to just two mechanics - Milton and Chris, and all three are on first-name basis with most of their customers, who tend to remain customers for life. "I thought by now that I'd have more time on my hands but I'm busier than ever," he says. "What can I say, I'm a on-hands person and I like things to be done right."