Rockland buys former Cannondale building

From Mirror staff reports

BEDFORD — Rockland Manufacturing, a national leader in the production of heavy construction equipment attachments, will expand its operation in Bedford County with the company’s recent acquisition of the former Cannondale building. “The 221,000-square-foot facility, located in Bedford Township, will allow the company to significantly increase our current square footage in manufacturing space as needed,” said Bo Pratt, Rockland president in a statement. “The acquisition makes sense for us going forward because of our growing product line and space constraints in our current facility. As we continue to grow, the building will give us easy access to plenty of storage and additional manufacturing space as needed.” Pratt said the company also leasing large parts of the building to new businesses interested in doing more business in Bedford County. “We are very excited that we’re able to secure a new facility so close to our current location,” said Pratt. “Bedford County has been a wonderful place to live and work. Our people are fantastic. I’ve never met anyone who had a better team. Their commitment to honesty, safety, hard work, quality and teamwork is unmatched. Now, as we continue to grow, we can grow knowing that we can easily keep adding operations in Bedford, which is exactly what we want to do.” Rockland has a long history in Bedford County. The company moved to Bedford from Florida in 1970, and it currently employs 250 people. “Rockland is a longstanding and well-respected member of our business community. It is a valued employer and supporter of local organizations. This acquisition is good news for Rockland and Bedford County,” said Bette Slayton, president of the Bedford County Development Association, in a statement. Initially the building will not be fully occupied by Rockland. Lease space will be available. “Rockland’s acquisition will now enable us to market industrial and commercial lease opportunities. This will expand our inventory of options for prospects seeking to lease space,” Slayton said.