One man's vision: How Oreck made clean easy
Founded by David Oreck in 1963, Oreck Corporation began as a manufacturer of upright vacuum cleaners for the U.S. hotel industry. Today the company produces and sells vacuums, steam mops, floor machines, air purifiers and cleaning products for use in both hotels and homes throughout the U.S., Canada and parts of Europe.
David Oreck had an obvious yet radical idea: design a lightweight yet powerful vacuum to relieve the drudgery felt by hotel housekeepers using the much heavier models then available to them. The idea proved so successful that today more than 50,000 hotels throughout the world use commercial-grade Oreck vacuums. Naturally, hotel staff wanted to buy these vastly improved vacuum cleaners for their own use at home. And so, David's original idea evolved: Oreck Corporation began selling its unique products to residential consumers as well.
Oreck has earned its reputation for making the finest vacuums available. That singular, consumer-satisfying goal continues to drive Oreck: to provide easy-to-use, lightweight, and durable vacuums and other cleaning tools — each with exceptional power — for every room in the house.
The Oreck Legacy: Still Leading the Way
Born near Duluth, Minnesota, David Oreck started his career at RCA following World War II 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. He left RCA in 1963 to form Oreck Corporation. "I had a good idea, a lot of energy, and no money," says the entrepreneur who nevertheless pushed forward, driven by his belief in Winston Churchill's maxim, "Never, never, never give up."
David Oreck has had a lifelong interest in aviation; he joined the United States Army Air Forces at the age of 17 and flew combat missions during World War II. Today, David remains active in aviation, maintaining and flying his personal collection of vintage aircraft, while Oreck Corporation focuses on continuing to exceed its customers' expectations, bringing innovation to the marketplace and raising the bar for the homecare industry.
What does that mean for the Oreck legacy of excellence?
For decades, the Oreck family of consumers has expressed their affinity for the benefits of owning an Oreck, often telling us "I have an Oreck… I love my Oreck!" We hear you — and that's why we're committed to making products that make cleaning just a little bit easier for all our customers!
The company's principal manufacturing facilities are based in Cookeville, Tenn.