The Oreck Corporation is a family-owned American business founded in 1963 by David Oreck. It began by manufacturing upright vacuum cleaners for the U.S. hotel industry and now sells vacuums used in hotels and homes throughout North and South America, as well as Europe and Asia.
David Oreck started the company with the idea to design a lightweight yet powerful vacuum that hotel housekeepers would prefer over the heavy models available to them. The idea proved so successful that now over 50,000 hotels throughout the world use Oreck vacuums. After a short time, hotel staff wanted to buy the vacuum cleaners for their own use at home, which gave the Oreck Corporation the idea to sell its unique products to consumers.
Oreck has a reputation for making the finest vacuums available. Its continued goal is to provide lightweight and easy-to-use cleaning products for every room in the house, each with exceptional durability.
Oreck has experienced double-digit growth for the past several years and is now a major manufacturer in the cleaning industry. The company’s principal manufacturing facilities are based in Cookeville, TN.
About David Oreck
David Oreck was born near Duluth, Minnesota. As a young man, he started his career at RCA, where he helped introduce and market several new products to the American public — including the washing machine, the microwave oven, and black-and-white and color televisions. Then, in 1963, he left to form Oreck Corporation. As David Oreck has said, he had “a good idea, a lot of energy, and no money”, but he was an entrepreneur with a belief in Winston Churchill’s maxim, “Never, never, never give up.”
David Oreck has had a lifelong interest in aviation; at the age of 17 he joined the United States Army Air Forces and flew bombing missions over Japan during World War II. Today, while his vacuum empire grows, he continues to be active in aviation, maintaining and flying his personal collection of vintage aircraft.