By Bob Miller, NTEA Director of Outreach
This article was published in the May 2017 edition of NTEA News.
In 1979, Charles Ribakoff — who, at the time, owned Harr Automotive Group — founded MHQ (Municipal Headquarters). The company provides federal, state and local police, fire and other municipal agencies a one-stop solution to procure vehicles and related equipment.
Prior to MHQ, municipalities had to purchase components separately and move each vehicle from vendor to vendor to have them installed. Ribakoff’s business enables procurement and installation by one vendor. The equipment MHQ provides for these municipal vehicles includes emergency lighting, speed enforcement and radio communications equipment, sirens, consoles, computer and camera equipment, and duty gear such as flashlights, body armor, weapon locks and storage. Complete diagnostic, mechanical and electrical services are also offered.
After achieving success working with municipalities in the police cruiser business, the company focused on the truck equipment side of the market. In 1996, MHQ opened a truck equipment division providing the same type of service for snow-fighting and other equipment used by municipalities.
Originally located in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, MHQ recently acquired and moved to a new facility in Oxford, Massachusetts — giving them additional space to serve their growing customer base.
NTEA visited the new location earlier this year and received a tour from Rob Sturgis, general manager. The four-acre location has a 40,000-square foot production area where 24 employees work exclusively on building trucks for the municipal sector. The company carries a full line of bodies, including dump, platform/stake, and utility/service and crane. It handles more specialty equipment like elevating beds, firefighting bodies, leaf collection, prisoner and spreader bodies. Additionally, air compressors, truck-mounted cranes, hydraulic components and systems, snowplows and salt spreaders, deicing equipment, liftgates, ladder racks, emergency lighting systems, and a full line of small parts and components, are offered.
Worchester deicer unit
The new truck equipment location is backed by MHQ headquarters in Marlborough, Massachusetts, and three other sites in Middletown, Connecticut; Albuquerque, New Mexico; and Tempe, Arizona, that focus on federal, state and local public safety markets. The company, which employs 115 people throughout its facilities, has been an NTEA member for more than 20 years and is a top 10 distributor for several leading truck equipment manufacturers.
For more information about MHQ’s truck equipment group, visit mhq.com, call 508-842-0866 or stop by 19 Industrial Park Rd. E. in Oxford.