For Mark Gilbert Sr. and his son, Mark Gilbert Jr., owners of Moosehead Marina, purchasing a local elementary school was a positive thing for their company. The closed elementary school in Rockwood, Maine, will give them more indoor storage. In Maine, say the Gilberts, that is a big deal.
“We needed the room something fierce,” Gilbert, Jr., told Trade Only Today. “It was an opportunity staring us in the face and it’s going to supplement our heated storage.” The company will cut out one of the gymnasium walls and install an overhead door so boats can be easily moved in and out of the building. Another benefit, says Gilbert, is the 400-amp electrical service in the building.
When they previewed the closed-down Rockwood Elementary, it was full of school supplies, desks, papers, and books. Just about anything one might expect to find in a school was there.
“We saw that there was an opportunity for someone to gain from this,” said Gilbert, who co-owns the marina with his father. “I reached out to Forest Hills High School in Jackman and spoke to the principal and said, ‘Do you want to come down to see what you can get?’”
Gilbert continued, “The next day he came down with a 26-foot U-Haul and filled that van with supplies. Gilbert also had…