Minnesota made yet another contribution to the all-American marketplace back in 1963 when former RCA employee and future infomercial pitchman David Oreck acquired a patent for a lightweight vacuum cleaner from Whirlpool and began supplying those vacuums to hotels. Hotel staff loved them and Oreck figured out that it would be pretty easy to demonstrate the benefits of a lightweight vacuum by going on television between game shows and soap operas to lift his Oreck XL with one finger. The plan worked and the Oreck XL is still made in Cookeville, Tenn., to this day, just little more than an hour's drive away from Oreck headquarters in Nashville.
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