Contact: Contact: Scott Cromwell, Foxtech Design, Inc., 207-664-0720; Debbie Neuman, Target Technology Incubator, 207-866-3565; Nick Houtman, UMaine Dept. of Public Affairs, 207-581-3777
ORONO, Maine — Foxtech Design, Inc., the first company to take wing from the University of Maine Target Technology Incubator in Orono, has opened an office in Ellsworth. Foxtech specializes in computer aided design (CAD) and serves the automotive, aerospace, medical and consumer products industries.
Foxtech owner Scott Cromwell started his company in Michigan in 1997 and moved to Maine in 2003. A resident of Blue Hill, he has continued to serve his clients online while working with development specialists and UMaine to generate new business opportunities.
“As the CAD service market is growing, I expect to use student resources for designers and engineers,” Cromwell says.
At UMaine, he has worked with the Advanced Manufacturing Center and Fogler Library. He has also received business mentoring through the Maine Small Business Development Center and participated in the Maine Tech Show in Augusta and the governor’s trade mission to Ireland.
“I found business prospects and vendors (in Ireland),” says Cromwell, “and will be developing these relationships in the months to come. Many contacts were also made at the universities and I look forward to keeping in touch about new developments in engineering and manufacturing.”
Debbie Neuman, Target Technology Incubator director, praises Cromwell’s technical skills and expects the company to grow. “We will continue to monitor his progress and assist him with the on-going challenges of operating a business. I am confident years from now, he will be a growing and successful Maine company,” she says.
According to the Foxtech Website (www.foxtech3d.com), the company creates “highly detailed, accurate, and stylized 3D computer models for product and tooling designs of prototype and production parts. The types of parts include plastic injected, sheetmetal stampings, hydraforming, and castings.”
Neuman notes that research based start-ups take an average of three years to become self-sufficient. “That is what we are working towards with every tenant of the Incubator, graduation as businesses in the community, armed with the knowledge, resources and connections they need to be successful,” she says.