Billings, Mont. – In April of 2012 in the middle of raising kids, juggling a career and helping with the family farm and ranch, Chasity and Larry Broadbrooks took the plunge and opened MH Equipment and Truck Repair.
“Life is too short, so do what you want to do,” Chasity replied when asked, why they decided to take on this major project. This perspective came after her father-in-law passed away in October of the prior year.
Business partners and spouses, the couple started with two employees – themselves. All they had was a service truck. At the time Chasity had a full-time job elsewhere, and they built their shop that spring.
Family-owned MH Equipment and Truck Repair is a full-service diesel mechanic shop, providing personable service and quality work. They are also dealers for Wacker Neuson skid steers, Harsh feeders, and Luck Now vertical mixers, making their business well diversified. The range of equipment that they can fix spans from small backhoes to large semi-trucks, including trailers.
“We’re working on the new stuff, as well as the old 1970’s tractors and 1960’s balers,” said Chasity.
Sometimes a bandage fix is all that a customer can afford at the time, so they find the best solution to get the equipment back up and running at a reasonable rate. At MH Equipment & Repair, the Broadbrookses and their staff take the time to get to know their customers and their situations.
“One of the challenging things about starting your own business is there’s no handbook for it,” Chasity added. Larry worked at several other businesses gathering a wide array of skills before deciding to go out on his own. “You can know the equipment, know the industry like the back of your hand but it’s a totally different ball game when you start a new business.”
Not only can MH Equipment repair boom trucks, fork lifts, concrete mixer trucks, and anything in between, they also sell equipment. Proud to be considered a one-stop-shop, MH Equipment is a dealer for three different companies; Wacker Neuson, Harsh, and Luck Now.
Wacker Neuson is a global company that produces equipment primarily for construction. Products range from generators to excavators. The Broadbrookses decided to become a dealer because of Wacker’s skid steer, they believe this is one of the best skid steers out there right now.
Harsh sought out Larry and Chasity to become dealers. Harsh International is the original four auger mixer. Based in Eaton, Colo., Harsh International makes feed and dairy mixers, truck hoists, and grinders and flakers, but what they’re known for at MH Equipment is their feed trucks.
The next closest Harsh dealer is in Scottsbluff, Neb. “We have customers from North Dakota that buy Harsh feeders from us. Not only do we sell these products, but we can also work on them and fix them.”
The 2019 show will be the third year MH Equipment has attended the MATE Show. Last year the weekend of the MATE was a snowy one but turned out to be a lucky one for MH Equipment. LuckNow, a company that sells feed mixers became acquainted with the Broadbrookses and asked them to become dealers. LuckNow specializes in vertical mixers, recognized as one of the most dependable and strongest built vertical mixers in the field.
“We like being dealers because we can offer something for the big feedlots around here to smaller cow-calf operations,” commented Chasity. “It’s a great opportunity to be able to offer this to our customers.”
One of their favorite things is all the different people they get to build relationships with. Serving the people in the ag industry was something important that they wanted to do. Larry is a from the Hi-Line community of Malta and Chasity grew up in Rapelje. Both grew up involved in agriculture. Larry’s family farms and Chasity’s family ranches.
“It’s great to be our own boss, but it’s hard to shut it off,” said Chasity.
Whenever they’re not at the shop they are usually at Chasity’s parents’ place with their two sons, Eli and Weston, helping out at the family ranch.
The company’s logo is an M stacked on top of a sideways H, which happens to be a family brand. The M lazy H brand dates back to 1889. Keeping close to family, and agriculture roots was important for the Broadbrookses when they started the business. Chasity shared her hopes that she and her husband have a built a business that their two sons would eventually grow into and continue.
Meet the great people behind MH Equipment and Truck Repair at the MATE February 14-16 at booth #510 in the Expo Center building at Metra Park.