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Expansion underway at Rockland manufacturer

By Stephen Betts | Mar 27, 2020
Photo by: Stephen Betts Construction of an addition to the Sierra Peaks plant at 170 Pleasant St., Rockland, continues.

Rockland — Construction is underway for an addition to a manufacturing plant on Pleasant Street.

The project is a 3,246-square-foot, $100,000 addition for a storage garage at 170 Pleasant St. for Sierra Peaks Corp.

The Rockland Planning Board approved the addition June 18, 2019, and a building permit was issued by the city Dec. 26.

The former Camden company announced in April 2019 it would relocate its manufacturing facility from Camden to Rockland at the property formerly occupied by the Kno-Wal-Lin office complex.

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."

Sierra is based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and employs a variety of professionals, including engineers, technicians, craftsmen and artisans with expertise in numerous specialized fields, according to its website.

Tibbetts Industries opened in Camden in 1945, founded by Dr. Raymond Tibbetts, a local osteopath and inventor, to create microphones for the hearing aid industry. At its peak, there were about 80 workers.

Tibbetts was purchased by IntriCon Corp. in 2007, and in 2013 IntriCon announced it would close the Camden facility. IntriCon began eliminating jobs, but John Rockwell III, chief executive officer and president of Sierra Peaks, saved the plant when he purchased it in 2014.

The nearly 12 acres that Sierra Peaks bought from MaineHealth is part of the area rezoned by the Rockland City Council Jan. 14, 2019, to create a business park.

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Comments (1)
Posted by: Mary A McKeever | Mar 27, 2020 13:43

Progress is good! Tibbett's gave good jobs and benefits to the area. Hopefully more will come from this new endeavor.

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