ROCKLAND — A longtime Rockland manufacturer of marine and architectural hardware submitted an application to build a new $1.5 million factory in the city.

Lowe Hardware — no connection to the Lowe’s home improvement chain — filed the application Aug. 11 for the new manufacturing plant that will be located in the Pleasant Street business park zone, created by the City Council in January 2019.

The proposal is expected to be reviewed by the Rockland Planning Board at its Sept. 7 meeting.

The application states that the factory will be a 22,852-square-foot, one-story building located at 150 Pleasant St. The construction will take a year to complete.

Lowe Hardware is currently located at 5 Gordon Drive, in a building that is 10,560-square-feet.

In April 2019, Elliot Lowe, of Lowe Hardware, purchased the slightly more than five acres at 150 Pleasant St. from Everett and Gloria Mank.

That same month, Sierra Peaks purchased nearly 12 adjacent acres from MaineHealth and announced its plans to move its operations from the former Tibbetts manufacturing plant in Camden. Sierra Peak since built an addition to the former Kno-Wal-Lin office building and moved to the Pleasant Street location.

Sierra’s website states the company has “distinguished itself for over 70 years as a leader in design, engineering, development, manufacture and testing of unique electro-mechanical systems for various branches of the U.S. Government, Military, Law Enforcement and Commercial sectors, including aerospace, automation and biometrics.”

Rockland officials said the 2019 zone change on Pleasant Street was needed because of the shortage of land for business development.

Lowe Hardware’s website states the company has been “designing and manufacturing beautifully crafted architectural and marine hardware on Maine’s mid coast for over 40 years — specializing in hardware for interior and exterior doors, fine cabinetry and furnishings.”

Lowe bought the Gordon Drive property in 2008.

The family-run company uses computer-aided drafting and computer numeric control in the custom design and manufacture of latches, knobs and levers for cabinetry and doors.

The property on the left on Pleasant Street is the area that the Rockland City Council rezoned in 2019 to encourage business development.. Stephen Betts