Sierra Peaks gets OK for addition to Rockland complex

By Stephen Betts | Jun 19, 2019
Photo by: Stephen Betts Sierra Peaks Corp. received approval Tuesday evening, June 18, to construct a storage building on what will soon be its new manufacturing site.

Rockland — The Rockland Planning Board approved Tuesday evening, June 18, a storage building on what will soon be the site of a manufacturer of electrical and electronic systems.

The board approved the project proposed by Sierra Peaks Corp.

The company announced in April it would be relocating its manufacturing facility from Camden to Rockland at 170 Pleasant St., formerly the Kno-Wal-Lin office complex.

The Planning Board approved June 18 the construction of a 3,000-square-foot storage building with a loading dock. The estimated cost of the project is $125,000, with a completion date of one to two months.

The company expects to relocate by the end of the year. Sierra Peaks said it is making the move because the current Camden building is outdated.

Sierra's website states that 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, N.M., and employs a variety of professionals, including engineers, technicians, craftsmen and artisans with comprehensive 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 January 2014.

There are currently 15 full-time positions at the Camden facility.

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

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