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Merrimack Valley

June 5, 2014

High-tech security company coming to Andover

Morpho Detection to fill 64,000-square-foot Frontage Road site

ANDOVER — A Frontage Road building that has been vacant for 10 years is getting a new lease on life as a security company from Wilmington will be moving in by the end of the year.

Morpho Detection LLC will bring about 100 employees along with its research and development and light manufacturing/assembly operation to a 64,000-square-foot building at 23 Frontage Road some time in the fourth quarter, according to Scott Factor, media relations manager for the company.

It is a move heralded by town officials as a positive development in a building that has languished for years.

“It’s an exciting company that’s coming to town,” town Planning Director Paul Materazzo said. “This company, in this location, going into a building that has been sitting vacant for 10 years — it’s a nice pick-up for the town and it’s great to activate this facility.”

Morpho Detection makes equipment and devices that are used by military, police and civilian authorities to detect trace amounts of narcotics and explosives, as well as chemical, radiological, biological, nuclear and other potentially dangerous materials and devices, according to a fact sheet issued by the company.

Its equipment is used by the Transportation Safety Administration in airports, by the U.S. military in the field and by energy companies seeking tighter security at nuclear power plants, among other places.

While Morpho is entering a 10-year lease for the property, it was property owner RJ Kelly that put the initial investment into the property to make it suitable for a new tenant.

“When we acquired 23 Frontage Road, we could see its considerable potential,” Scott Kelly, a principal at RJ Kelly, said. “It has an excellent location and provides possibly the best visibility in the I-495 north sub-market.

“The glass atrium lobby we added to the building is eye-catching to any passing car. We saw this as an ideal single-tenant building and worked with the Transwestern | RBJ team to find the right fit.”

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