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Surplus Military Equipment Experts
Joe Thatcher fell in love with military equipment at a young age and has turned his passion into a business. Thatcher started buying and selling military equipment 11 years ago and about 7 years ago opened Midwest Military Equipment (MME) in Washington, Mo. People looking for a hard-to-find military vehicle or attachment will likely find it at Thatcher’s shop.
“All of our vehicles come from military surplus bases,” Thatcher says. “They’re from National Guard, Army or Marine Corps depots.” Thatcher says his business can outfit military vehicles as silage trucks, feeding trucks and manure spreaders for farmers and ranchers. All vehicles are inspected, and his staff makes sure everything is fully operational before it’s sold. “We provide a street legal title for the vehicle so you’re able to register it in your state,” Thatcher says.
    MME also manufactures and sells parts for military vehicles, including tops, doors, bumpers, roof racks, suspensions and electronic accessories. They also sell marine radio systems, air conditioning, retro-fit systems, LED lighting and more for LMTV and MTV trucks. Painting services are also available.
    MME is an after-market supplier for replacement parts including ignition switches, gaskets, lights, tires, wheels, axle seals, U-joints and other parts.
Thatcher says, “We can pretty much do all the work on the vehicles we sell ourselves, so we know the quality is excellent. We can fabricate or build anything a person wants for Humvees, LMTVs or 900 Series trucks and also deal in heavy equipment.”
MME customers include farmers, logging companies and utility line maintenance companies. “And of course, we do get some guys who just want a great big Army truck,” Thatcher adds. He’s also sold unusual military vehicles like armored personnel carriers, M114s and M548 track vehicles.
    The business has about 8 acres of trucks and equipment, and he feels there’s still room to grow.
    “We’re trying to build and manufacture as much as we can in-house,” Thatcher says. “If a person buys from us, we will design, fabricate, build, paint, refinish and get the vehicle to your door. We’re a one-stop-shop.” MME offers delivery anywhere in the continental U.S. and Canada.
    Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Midwest Military Equipment, 3 Chamber Dr., Washington, Mo. 63090 (ph 636-900-9046; www.midwestmilitaryequipment.com).

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