October 14, 2013

Maine map company cuts 10 jobs as its focus shifts

DeLorme is transitioning to satellite-enabled data products.

By Jessica Hall jhall@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

YARMOUTH — Map company DeLorme confirmed Monday that it has laid off 10 of its 85 workers as part of an effort to shift to digital products and away from traditional mapping services.

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A boy and his mother enjoy the world-renowned 1:1,000,000-scale globe, which rotates on its axis and duplicates the earth’s movement at DeLorme in Yarmouth. The map company confirmed Monday that it has laid off 10 of its 85 workers as part of its efforts to shift to digital products and away from traditional mapping services.

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The Yarmouth-based company said the workers were laid off Friday. The company’s current head count is now 75 people, according to Kim Stiver, DeLorme’s vice president of marketing. The layoffs follow a previous staff cut of 15 workers in 2011 – the first layoff in nearly a decade.

The company has focused in recent years on personal satellite messaging, tracking and navigation products, such as its inReach, a satellite-enabled device that allows people to communicate through text messages anywhere in the world.

The company’s history dates to 1976, when DeLorme published its first paperback Atlas & Gazetteer. In 1985, DeLorme began working with CD-ROM technology when digital mapping was still in its infancy.

It sells its maps and GPS products, which include communications systems that feature street views, 3-D terrain data, lake and ocean charts, and aerial views of satellite imagery.

The company markets its products to recreational customers, search and rescue teams, businesses and government agencies.

The company’s local presence includes Eartha, a 41.5-foot rotating globe, the world’s largest revolving globe, housed in the company’s corporate offices.

Jessica Hall can be contacted at 791-6316 or at: jhall@pressherald.com
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