One Camden company moving in, second from Rockland buys land

Rockland council's zone change attracts businesses

By Stephen Betts | Apr 25, 2019
Photo by: Stephen Betts Land on the south side of Pleasant Street, on the left, has been purchased by Elliot Lowe of Lowe Hardware, now located in the nearby industrial park.

Rockland — The ink had hardly dried on the creation of a business park zone off Pleasant Street in Rockland when one manufacturer agreed to relocate from Camden and an existing city company bought land in the park.

The Rockland City Council voted Jan. 14 create a business park zone on the south side of Pleasant Street west of Broadway. City officials said the change was needed because of the shortage of land for business development.

Sierra Peaks announced Monday, April 22, that it plans to move its operations from the former Tibbetts manufacturing plant in Camden to the former Kno-Wal-Lin property in the rezoned area. Sierra Peaks purchased nearly 12 acres from MaineHealth April 16.

Sierra Peaks manufactures electrical and electronic systems. The company has 12 full-time workers.

On April 10, Elliot Lowe -- of Lowe Hardware, which manufactures architectural and marine hardware -- purchased slightly more than 5 acres from Everett and Gloria Mank adjacent to the former MaineHealth land.

Lowe Hardware is currently at 5 Gordon Drive in the Rockland Industrial Park. A telephone message left with Elliot Lowe on Tuesday has not yet been returned.

Lowe Hardware's website states that 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.

In a 2014 article, he said the family business included his father, William, and sister, Emily. The company uses computer-aided drafting and computer numeric control in the custom design and manufacture of latches, knobs and levers for cabinetry and doors.

Rockland City Manager Tom Luttrell said the original plan when the business park zone was considered for the Pleasant Street property was that a developer would come in and build an office complex to attract businesses.

The moves that have occurred since the zone change, however, have "worked out well."

Comments (1)
Posted by: Gerald A Weinand | Apr 25, 2019 20:09

Time to put the current City Hall property on the market and move City Hall back closer to downtown.

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