November 14, 2012LINCOLN — After approval last month, the first Lincoln Industrial Park tenant has quickly moved to get construction started. Only five days after the October 19 property sale, Caulder Construction in North Woodstock was finishing up site work. Foundations and backfilling are completed for the new location of QuikLoc, a Massachusetts company owned by Kevin and Delia Sullivan.
Kevin Sullivan was happy with the quick progress. The Sullivans have enjoyed visiting the area for several years. The time seemed right to make a permanent move from New Bedford, Mass. to the Lincoln area. They hope that the business can be up and running in the Industrial Park by late winter.
QuikLoc has been in business since 1962. The company's shaft collars can be quickly installed or removed. A town press release states that the company "provides a simple, proven, and cost-effective way to upgrade winding and payoff operations on wiredrawing machines and a host of other spooling and winding applications."
Sullivan has fond memories of our region. "My mother brought me skiing quite a bit," he said of his first childhood memories. After buying a house in the area back in 2008, Mike and Delia wanted the permanent benefit of New Hampshire's "relaxed pace." "I just liked the lifestyle . . . Life seems simpler up there." Mike said.
"My kids both like New Hampshire quite a bit," Mike noted. The Sullivans have two sons. The eldest is at Plymouth State.
Mike and Delia bought QuikLoc in 1986. "We ship all over the world," he said. The nature of the business means "we can pretty much be anywhere," Mike continued.
The Sullivans were appreciative of the town employees and Lincoln's residents. They were another reason the family decided to move north. "Everybody's friendly," Mike said.
As with so many others who make the North Country move, the Sullivans are interested in the outdoors. The family's active lifestyle seems fit for their new home. "We love the mountains and all the activities in the mountains," Mike said.
Town officials are hopeful that the first lot at the Industrial Park will motivate others. In a statement, the town wanted to reinforce that it is "Open for Business."
Kevin McNamara of RE/MAX in the Mountains echoed the town's thoughts. "We're hopeful that this tenant will draw some attention to the park," he said. McNamara believes the site is "very strategically located right off the Interstate." Both exits 32 and 33 are about a mile from the park.
The convenience to the Interstate makes the park "a perfect spot for somebody in the northeast," McNamara continued. "It's a really great location."
Even with the difficulty in commercial real estate since the economic downturn, McNamara believes the site is fit for growth. "The market has kind of flattened out," he said. "There's a great opportunity out there," McNamara concluded.
Six lots are listed for sale at the Industrial Park. The lots, which average just under half an acre in size, range in price from $89,900 to $119,900. "We feel there is some very good value there," McNamara said.
A YouTube video that provides a virtual tour of the lots is available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANRgE1785qQ&feature=share