Former major league baseball player Dom DiMaggio died this morning, and some of his obituaries mention that after he retired from baseball, he founded a plastics company. So I set out to find the company. It turns out that DiMaggio (brother of fellow major leaguers Joe and Vince) had a hand in a few plastics-related companies after his playing career. First he bought a company called American Latex Fiber Corp. in 1953 with two partners, who he later bought out. Then he acquired Delaware Valley Corp., a manufacturer of nonwoven fabrics, and he started Dom DiMaggio Inc., which sells polyethylene and polyurethane foam cushioning. Delaware Valley is based in Lawrence, Mass. The company has two production facilities -- in Lawrence and Tewksbury, Mass. -- and his oldest son, Dominic Paul DiMaggio Jr., is president and the only active family member in the business. Dom DiMaggio, a star for the Red Sox, was 92. He had a lifetime batting average of .298.
Dom DiMaggio's plastics connection
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