Packaging company will relocate from Mass. to occupy historic Lakeport mill building

LACONIA — The Centrex Corporation of Amesbury, Massachusetts, a packaging and labeling firm owned by Diana Goodhue of Gilford, has purchased the commercial building at 151 Elm Street last occupied by Metz Communication Corporation, where it will move its operations by next month.
Goodhue, who acquired the firm through her previous marriage, said that for some 70 years the company has provided packaging solutions for commercial customers. Her son Randall Henshaw manages the day-to-day operations of the business.
The firm began in Topsfield, Massachusetts, moved to Amesbury, from there to Londonderry, New Hampshire and then back to Amesbury, where it rents space. "It will be a lot cheaper to operate here," Goodhue said. "We will own for less than we rent in Amesbury."
Goodhue said that Centrex specializes in blister packaging, formed from plastic, and either packages products or forms packaging to the specifications of the customer. Employment, Goodhue said, fluctuates between four and 12 with the volume of business. "We employ a lot of temps," she explained. "We have some work to do, but we'll be moving machinery soon and expect to be up and running by the end of the month."
Erected in 1890 and renovated in 2000, the 9,925-square foot brick and clapboard building near the Lakeport Dam offers 8,532-square-feet of usable space on four floors, including a basement and attic. The building has been used for light manufacturing and as a warehouse. A freight elevator serves the basement, first and second floors while there is a loading dock at the rear of the building. The upper three floors are each served by two bathrooms. The 1,365-square-feet on the op floor is divided between an office and apartment with a deck overlooking the dam area.
The building and 0.23-acre lot are assessed at $383,600.