Vincent Marotta Sr.

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Vincent Marotta, Sr., spent his youth in Cleveland, Ohio. The son of Italian immigrants, Marotta assisted his father, who could not speak English, in operating the family business, which was coal mining.

Upon graduating from high school, where he had excelled in several sports, Marotta enrolled at Mount Union College. The St. Louis Cardinals had already signed Marotta to a contract to play professional baseball, but the young man decided to attend college for at least one year before pursuing a professional baseball career. Unfortunately for Marotta, World War II erupted, and after his freshman year of college, he was drafted into the United States military.

Following Marotta's service in the armed forces, he returned to Mount Union College, where he excelled in football as well as track. Upon graduating, Marotta briefly played professional football with the Cleveland Browns. After retiring from football, Marotta embarked upon a career in construction and land acquisition.

Marotta first built garages, but quickly he expanded his company, the Marotta Corporation. The firm began to acquire land and to build entire subdivisions and shopping centers. By 1968, Marotta had emerged as a leading construction firm in the Cleveland area. At the start of the twenty-first century, the Marotta Corporation continued to be active in land acquisition and development.

In 1968, Marotta also sought to develop a better home coffeemaker. While home coffeemakers had existed for decades, Marotta was not pleased with earlier versions. In 1972, Marotta and Samuel Glazer unveiled Mr. Coffee. This coffeemaker, known for its convenience and speed, almost immediately became a bestseller. By 1975, North American Systems, Inc., the first manufacturer of Mr. Coffee, was selling approximately thirty-eight thousand Mr. Coffees each day. Eventually, Sunbeam Corporation and American Household, Inc. each acquired the production rights to Mr. Coffee. In 2006, Mr. Coffee, now manufactured by Jarden Corporation, remained the world's best-selling coffee maker for home use.

In 2006, Marotta continued to reside in the Cleveland area, although he had semi-retired from his various business activities.

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