Profile/History

History – R.A. Mitchell Co., Inc. was founded in 1954 by Robert A. Mitchell, who specialized in providing engine service to the commercial fishing industry. In 1957, R.A. Mitchell Company, was proudly awarded the Lister Distributorship for Massachusetts. Robert B. Mitchell joined the Company in 1962 and continued the tradition of his father to supply and service not only the fishing industry but various other markets. Bob’s ability to provide fast service and parts for the equipment he sold, enabled him to continue his father’s strong rapport with their existing customers as well as develop a rapidly expanding client base.

Today – The R.A. Mitchell Company occupies a 21,000-sq. ft. building on Route 6, between Fairhaven and New Bedford, Massachusetts. The fishing industry is an important part of the Company’s business, but we also serve the municipal, emergency, residential, construction, agricultural, industrial, pollution control and pleasure boat markets. We customize generator systems and power units as well as provide local and regional distributorships for many other manufacturers. Upon graduation from college, Bob’s daughters Jennifer and Karen joined the Company and quickly became indispensable in a long-standing family tradition.

Diversity – Many of our customers are in New England, but we also sell throughout the USA. Through expanding our horizons we have also exported products to the Philippines, Russia, Siberia, Taiwan, China, Japan, Kuwait, the Dominican Republic, Columbia, Peru, Ecuador, Honduras, Mexico, Tanzania, El Salvador, Angola, Nigeria, Egypt, Belgium, Seychelle Islands, Australia, Portugal, France, Spain, Canada, the Caribbean and England.

Performance – R.A. Mitchell Co. has earned performance awards from Lister-Petter since 1983, including five Gold Awards for Top Performing Distributor. We have also won the Bob T Outstanding Dealer Service Award from John Deere, it is given to companies that show ‘over the top’ customer service. The Company carries the largest inventory of Lister-Petter parts in the U.S. apart from the factory. Professional service is provided for all products and is available 24 hours a day throughout the New England region. Our experienced, factory-trained service technicians are dedicated to the Company’s mission of fast, efficient service.

In addition – R.A. Mitchell Co. packages, tests, installs and services many unique power units, including generator sets (standby and prime power), diesel pump and compressor sets and hydraulic power units. R.A. Mitchell Co., in addition to the Lister-Petter line, also supplys Hawkpower, Stateline, Tradewinds, and Kohler generator sets, Marathon/Lima and Newage generators, John Deere, Deutz, Perkins, Lister, and Volvo engines, and Barnes, Hale, Crown, Darley, Enpo, MP Pumps, Murphy, Kobelt engine control equipment, Racor, Puradyne filters and more!