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CT’s largest emergency service technician to double production; tackling a ‘pretty good backlog’ of 450 vehicles

CT's largest emergency service technician to double production;  tackling a 'pretty good backlog' of 450 vehicles

MIDDLETOWN — In an industrial area behind Dollar General on Newfield Street, recognizable police cruisers lie in the parking lot of New England’s largest auxiliary mechanic.

MHQ, which specializes in emergency equipment, is expanding its warehouse in Connecticut, with plans to double the company’s car production by the end of the year.

Headquartered in Marlborough, Massachusetts, with a second location in Middletown, MHQ takes vehicles purchased by state or municipal agencies and equips the cars for emergencies.

The company is building an additional 6,300 square feet on top of its existing 10,000-square-foot store, said general manager Bryan Gilbert. The additional space will be built on some of the land already owned by MHQ; it is being repurposed from a parking lot to part of the warehouse.

The Middletown store is home to eight bays, allowing for work on many vehicles at once, Gilbert said. With the new addition, six more bays will be added.