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Sur-Powr Battery owner Bonnie Hughson and her husband, general manager Andrew Cox, at their home on the Blanco River. SUBMITTED PHOTO


Now in its second generation of family ownership, Sur-Powr Battery, 1718 N Interstate 35, is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.

Established by Stanley Hughson in 1985, the company has survived economic downturns, evolving technology and, in 2009, the sudden death of its founder. For nearly seven years, Sur-Powr has been owned and managed by Bonnie Hughson, who was thrust into the unfamiliar business unexpectedly when her father died.

“Suddenly, the life of my father’s work became dependent on my ability to step in and continue pushing his efforts forward. With no one there to explain my father’s operation processes, I was left to figure out the business on my own,” Hughson said.

Hughson says she has strived to maintain the store’s small-town atmosphere and emphasis on customer service. She has also made changes that include switching suppliers to Crown Battery Corp., which manufactures its products in Freemont, Ohio.

“What remains unchanged is our dedication to our customers … and our involvement in the community,” said Hughson, who operates the company with her husband, Andrew Cox.

Sur-Powr supports local nonprofit organizations that include Pink Heals Hays County, Leadership San Marcos and the Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center. As a woman-owned company, Sur-Powr is designated a historically underutilized business by the state comptroller.


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