DeLorme

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DeLorme is a major vendor of business-to-business and consumer mapping and GPS products and technologies. It is based in Yarmouth, Maine, United States.

DeLorme's products include Street Atlas USA, XMap, Topo USA and Earthmate GPS receivers (PN-20 and PN-40, BT-20, and LT-20). The company is also a data solutions provider to several major businesses and industries.

Its headquarters features Eartha, the world's largest rotating globe.

History

The company was founded during 1976 by David DeLorme, who, being frustrated over obsolete backcountry maps of the Moosehead Lake region of Maine, vowed to create a better map of Maine.

DeLorme combined state highway, county, and town maps as well as federal surveys to produce The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer which was printed in a large format book with an initial printing of 10,000, which he marketed out of his car. The Gazetter, which listed bicycle trails, canoeing and kayaking trips, and museum and historic sites, proved quite successful.

During 1986 the company expanded to 75 employees working in a Quonset hut in Freeport, Maine, and produced maps for New England and upstate New York.

In 1987, the company produced a compact disc with detailed topographic map data of the entire world.

The early success resulted in contracts with government and private businesses.

During 1991, DeLorme began vending Street Atlas USA on a single CD-ROM, and it...
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