Trividia Health, a well-known contract manufacturing company in Lancaster, N.H., has donated $2,500 to the Northern Forest Center to support revitalization of Lancaster’s downtown, specifically through renovation of the historic Parker J. Noyes building at the north end of Main Street.
Formerly the P.J. Noyes Company, Trividia Healthhas a deep connection to the legacy of Lancaster inventor and pharmacist Parker J. Noyes, who is perhaps most famous for inventing the sugar-coated pill. Trividia is a major employer in the North Country, drawing 115 staff from Berlin, Gorham, Littleton, Franconia and other communities, and is a leading developer, manufacturer and marketer of advanced performance products for people with diabetes.
“We’re proud to be a North Country company and we are committed to the health and economic vibrancy of our community here in Lancaster,” said Anne Paquin, Human Resource Generalist at Trividia. “A downtown area that attracts young professionals and families is important, and we’re excited that the Center is addressing the housing shortage here in Lancaster by renovating the Parker J. Noyes building,” said Paquin.
A local advisory group to the Center identified the need to revitalize buildings in Lancaster’s downtown and is providing community input into the redevelopment of the newly purchased Parker J Noyes building.
The first floor of the building will become the new home of the Root Seller Marketplace, a market that provides year-round access to fresh, local food for the Lancaster area community. It will also be the headquarters for NH Gleans - North Country. Both the Root Seller and NH Gleans - North Country are programs of Taproot Farm & Environmental Education Center.
The upper floors of the building will be renovated into high quality, two-bedroom apartments that will be attractive to families and entrepreneurs seeking to live downtown.
The Noyes family actively invested in the Lancaster community, and Trividia Health’s donation continues the tradition of home town support. Trividia also partners closely with Lancaster High School to offer a variety of apprenticeships and internships for students interested in pursuing manufacturing careers. The internships introduce students to engineering and information technology and give them experience in quality assurance and sales.
“We appreciate Trivida Health’s contribution to the revitalization of Lancaster’s downtown area,” said Center President Rob Riley. “Redevelopment of important buildings—especially in the downtown areas—gives a great boost to communities and can encourage other enhancements.”
Commercial and residential renovations inside the Parker J. Noyes historic building will help bring an important piece of Lancaster’s history back into the public spotlight. To learn more and follow updates on this project, please visit https://nfcenter.org/parkerjnoyes
To learn about opportunities to invest in this or other redevelopment projects in the Northern Forest, please contact Rob Riley at the Northern Forest Center.
The Northern Forest Center is a regional innovation and investment partner focused on creating vibrant communities by connecting people, economy and the forested landscape.