Mass Truck Body & Trailer, Inc. - A Family First Business
For more than 50 years, Mass Truck Body & Trailer, Inc.
has been known for its state-of-the-art truck repair, old school
service and customer satisfaction. Yet more than its products or
services, Mass Truck Body & Trailer is known as a true family
business, starting with founder Anthony DiRocco.
Mass Truck’s beginnings hearken back to another era in
our country. When Anthony DiRocco and his partners moved into a rented
tin garage in Everett, the building had dirt floors and no plumbing. To
keep warm, they had a fire burning in a barrel, just like you would see
in an old 1930’s movie. In 1964, the company moved to its current
location at 60 Arlington Street in Chelsea.
Groundbreaking for Mass Truck, October 1963
DiRocco and his partners grew the business gradually
over the first dozen years or so. In 1971, Mass Truck expanded, opening
the trailer parts portion of the business, Trailer Equipment, Inc., in
the building right next door, site of the former Mass Feather Company.
Miraculously, both survived the Great Chelsea Fire of 1973, the only two
buildings and businesses in the area to survive completely intact.
By having the parts store right next to the repair shop,
Mass Truck Body & Trailer Equipment unleashed a winning
combination. When trucks came into Mass Truck Body for repair, there was
no waiting for any parts - just a quick walk next door. Conversely,
Trailer Equipment had a built-in customer base with Mass Truck Body,
while also being able to sell to walk-in traffic and the general public.
Anthony DiRocco at work
When Anthony DiRocco and his original partners parted
ways, it left him with a huge decision: do I continue to run the
business or sell it and move on? Not really looking to take on new
partners, DiRocco turned to his eldest son John to bring him into the
business. A Vietnam vet, John DiRocco and his wife Karen had just
started a family. They had a young daughter, Lisa, and they were also
expecting their first son, Johnny, when Anthony approached his son about
joining Mass Truck Body & Trailer. John now faced a difficult
decision himself; he decided to join his father in the business.
As John explained, “I was working for Star Market and I
also had a business of my own on the side, Truck and Trailer
Refrigeration. I debated about what to do, but what it really came down
to was I wanted to help my father. I ended up joining him in September
1976, after my son was born.”
Shortly after John joined Mass Truck Body, his brother
Mike started working for Trailer Equipment next door Mike took over as
manager in 1981, making it even more of a family business. Mike’s
dedication and business sense has greatly contributed to both companies’
In a family business, the transition from one generation
to the next can be difficult, even when thoroughly planned in advance.
In many cases, it can lead to the end of the business. With the sudden
passing of Anthony DiRocco in 1987, John DiRocco faced a similar dilemma
as his father had years earlier: continue on with the business, take on
partners or close up shop.
Thinking back to his father’s efforts to start, grow and
then continue the business on his own, John DiRocco made a difficult
decision. Even though the sacrifices would be many, he opted to continue
his father’s legacy of affordable truck body and trailer repair and
superior customer service, satisfaction guaranteed. It’s a decision he’s
Today, with its 12 bays and staff of highly trained,
certified truck body service technicians, Mass Truck Body & Trailer,
Inc. remains a fixture in the truck parts and repair business, taking a
backseat to no other repair shop when it comes to price, quality, or
workmanship - something Anthony DiRocco would be most proud of - and
also for his sons’ sacrifice and hard work.
For more information on Mass Truck Body & Trailer’s
complete list of services, please call (617) 889-2115, or stop by the
shop at 60 Arlington Street in Chelsea, MA. You can also visit www.masstruckbody.com.
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