Sealite buying large building Tilton intended to use for police/fire station; company will move from Gilford & expand operations
Published DateTILTON — Sealite USA, LLC of Gilford has entered a purchase and sales agreement with the Board of Selectmen to acquire the land and building at 61 Business Park Drive, which the town purchased in 2008 as the prospective site of a life safety complex housing the Police Department and elements of the Titlton-Northfield Fire and EMS Service. The company will pay $950,000 for the property, for which the town paid $1.5-million.
The property is located just north of the Tanger Outlet Center.
In 2009, 2010 and 2011 voters, after protracted debate, rejected proposals to convert a portion of the 20,000-square foot building to house emergency services and authorized the selectmen to sell the property.
Sealite USA, was formed in November 2010 when Sealite Pty, Ltd., a manufacturer of marine and aviation navigation aids headquartered in Somerville, Victoria, Austrialia, acquired Watermark Navigation Systems of Gilford, which had distributed its products for some 15 years. In February 2012, Sealite USA acquired a three-acre property at 172 Lily Pond Road, Gilford that serves as its office and warehouse complex.
Mark Goodwin, general manager of Sealite USA, said yesterday that the company is growing quickly and will use the building as both a manufacturing and warehousing facility. He said that Sealite also acquired a right of first refusal on the adjacent lot on Business Park Drive. "We are expanding and will be creating some jobs," he said, adding that the future of the facility in Gilford remains to be decided.