Southern Minnesota Battery comes to Albert Lea

Published 7:06 pm Tuesday, April 2, 2019

The Albert Lea Business Development Center, housed under the Albert Lea Economic Development Agency umbrella, serves as a place for entrepreneurs and small business owners of Freeborn County to gain access to the resources they need; such as SCORE mentoring, financing, entrepreneur programming through the Albert Lea Entrepreneur Advancement Program and incubator space.

The Albert Lea Business Development Center has recently welcomed a new tenant, Southern Minnesota Battery, which is owned and operated by Tim and Jane Thompson.

Southern Minnesota Battery is a battery recycling logistics and retail company servicing local customers and commercial accounts throughout the four state region.

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“(Albert Lea Business Development Center) has provided the perfect situation for our small business to take the next step in our expansion process,” Jane Thompson said. “(Albert Lea Business Development Center) had affordable space to lease so that we can set up a storefront for the public and have warehouse space for our inventory. This opportunity has enabled us to focus on developing a strong foundation to launch our expansion before we make the decision to purchase a building or build a facility of our own.”

Southern Minnesota Battery will be utilizing a large suite in the Albert Lea Business Development Center that includes office space, a warehouse and access to a shared loading dock. Their business is unique, and they are the first to launch this concept in the area.

“Everyone has equipment that relies on a healthy battery,” Tim Thompson said. “The savings we can provide on battery purchases is significant. We are looking forward to expanding our reach throughout southern Minnesota and northern Iowa. As we continue to grow, we plan to add retail, delivery and warehouse employees.”

Their store will be open to the public as well as commercial customers.

“We are unlike any other battery supplier in southern Minnesota and northern Iowa,” Tim Thompson said. “Normally, when you find yourself in the market for a battery, you have one option — buy a new battery. Our customers are given the option of purchasing a new, blemished or reconditioned battery. This enables customers to make a budget friendly decision based on whatever their situation may be.”

Southern Minnesota Battery will carry automotive, agricultural, commercial, marine, golf cart, lawn and garden and solar storage batteries. It is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at 2610 YH Hanson Ave. in Albert Lea. Current prices and the definitions of battery options can be found at

ALEDA is the local economic development organization made up of two separate entities: Albert Lea Port Authority and Greater Jobs Inc. If you are a new or expanding business looking for assistance or potential help with gap financing, contact ALEDA at 507-373-3930.