Marotta Controls was founded in 1943 as The Marotta Engineering Company. Early manufacturing sub-contracts for prime contractors such as General Electric Corporation and RCA enabled Marotta Controls to gain experience in what was to become a particular area of expertise – precision valves and machined components for the rocket and guided missile industry.
Marked the start of Marotta’s adventure in the design, development and manufacture of valves and systems for critical performance, environment, envelope, size, weight and power constraints for the fledgling rocket industry. Marotta’s controls helped power the X-15 and the Bell X-1, which was flown by Chuck Yeager when he broke the sound barrier in 1947.
In the early 1950s, Marotta offered its first high-pressure liquid and gas solenoid valves. In the mid 50s, Marotta developed the balanced poppet valve concept and the 6000 psi solenoid valve. In the late 50s Marotta extended its pressure regulating products to include electrical and remote control applications.
Marotta invested heavily in people and facilities to meet the growing need for fluid control solutions. As Marotta’s reputation for excellence grew, the business expanded to include the chemical, metals processing and offshore oil industries throughout the world.
In the early 60s Marotta approached the United States Navy with the idea of manifolds for shipboard high and low pressure air stations. Continuing in the early 60s Marotta introduced its first closed-loop pneumatic control system.
Throughout this decade, Marotta was a major contributor to the Gemini, Saturn, Apollo and Lunar Module Missions, helping to land our astronauts on the moon and return them safely to Earth by providing hundreds of valves on launch sites, engines and miscellaneous spacecraft systems.
In the early 70s Marotta again provided a highly innovative valve solution – a valve sensor for tanks and other armored vehicles that rapidly responded to a sudden bright flash of light, fast enough to discharge pressurized halon and prevent an explosion caused by a live round.
Marotta also continued its support of our nation’s space program by supplying valves for the Apollo-Soyuz mission and the Space Shuttle. Marotta solidified its reputation with the US Navy with high pressure control valves and manifolds on the FFG-7 Oliver H. Perry Class and DD-963 Spruance Class ships, as well as Trident Class submarines.
Throughout the 80s, Marotta continued to be a dominant supplier to the US Navy and was recognized and awarded for its quality and service to the Navy with the Aegis Shipbuilding Excellence Award. Marotta continued its role as a major supplier of valves and manifolds to the US Navy on the DDG-51 Arleigh Burke Class guided missile destroyer.
In the early 90s Marotta was recognized as a premier supplier to NASA with the award of the George M. Low Award for Quality and Excellence, NASA’s most prestigious supplier award. Marotta secured an essential role on the International Space Station with orders for valves and valve electronics on the Active Thermal Control System, vacuum valves and proportional flow control valves for temperature control.
Also in this decade, Marotta was awarded several Small Business Innovative Research grants, many of which related to new technology development for the launcher and satellite markets. Marotta invested heavily in pneumatic stores ejection components for military aircraft, a new technology promising significant life-cycle cost savings for future aircraft and weapons platforms.
Recognizing that prevailing attitudes toward procurement had changed, with the turn of the century Marotta articulated a new approach to operations. No longer content with producing and selling high quality fluid control “components”, Marotta created a new “systems” culture.
Building on its heritage high-pressure know-how, Marotta worked closely with its partners to develop the first complete pneumatic system, MPACT (Pure Air Compression Technology). Launched in Paris in 2005, The MPACT had already exceeded Marotta’s expectations, and was selected by both The Boeing Company and NAVAIR for use in the P-8A and the F/A-18.
Marotta’s commitment to innovation and excellence was further defined when Marotta once again became the proud recipient of NASA’s George M. Low Award. Marotta is the only small business to be honored with this achievement award twice.
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