Harrisburg manufacturer using Kickstarter to drive business
Jerome Foreman is a bit of a mad scientist, at least that's what his company's latest Kickstarter campaign would tell you.
Harrisburg-based Conceptio Product Development, a product design and manufacturing firm Foreman co-owns with Chris Blackburn, recently rolled out a chemistry-inspired Mad Scientist collection of barware for the home.
The collection is made from locally source materials, including lumber from Boiling Springs, and it will be produced in the company's shop in Carlisle.
However, the intent of the Kickstarter project, which has a goal of $10,000, isn't just to sell a few Erlenmeyer flasks and test-tube shooters to midstate homeowners. For Foreman, who found Kickstarter while working on oil field automation projects in Montana back in 2012, the fun project should showcase Conceptio's ability to take on custom projects for other firms.
Conceptio has experience designing everything from consumer products to signage and interior goods, such as furniture and home decor.
The manufacturing industry is on the "cusp of a new industrial revolution," Foreman said, with a focus on hyperlocal marketing and personalized products.
He believes small firms like Conceptio that can design and make those products are poised to benefit from that trend. He's worked with architects and interior designers who have clients with unique project ideas.
He's also worked with small retail shops and craft breweries on signage projects. And he's done some contract manufacturing — small runs of engraved signs, for example.
Conceptio can handle most of the jobs that involve plastic and wood materials, as well as some aluminum. The firm partners with other machine and laser-cutting shops in the area for other projects.
Foreman said his goal is to grow into a larger space with more equipment and people to increase the firm's capabilities.
One of his current projects is making signs and interior displays for the Burd's Nest Brewing Co., which is slated to open this fall at 19 N. Hanover St. in the former Carlisle Arts Learning Center Building. Foreman has a vested interest in making that building because his prototyping shop operates in the rear of the facility.
"We have tons of ideas that we want to keep releasing to grow the brand," he said.