Biography of Michael Fioritta
Lucas County, OH Biographies

One of the most successful business enterprises of Toledo is the Art Mosaic & Tile Company, which was founded by Michael Pioritto thirteen years ago and has since enjoyed a continuous and prosperous growth, owing to the capable management and well directed efforts of the men at its head. Mr. Fioritto is a native of Italy. He was born in the beautiful city of Venice on the 12th of August, 1881, a son of A. and Elizabeth Bean (Rosa) Fioritto, who were also born in that part of Italy, in which the father spent his life, devoting his attention to the stone mason's trade. The mother subsequently came to the United States, making her way to Toledo, where she continued to reside until her death, which occurred in 1917. Mr. and Mrs. Fioritto were the parents of two children: Walter, who passed away in this city; and Michael.

Michael Fioritto acquired his education in his native land and chose as his life work the art mosaic and tile industry, serving an apprenticeship to that trade, which he followed in his native land until 1899. When eighteen years of age he sought the opportunities offered an ambitious, energetic young man in a new and rapidly developing country and after reaching the United States he continued in the business, working for others until 1909. He then decided to establish an independent concern of this nature and is now part owner of the Art Mosaic & Tile Company, his business associates being R E. Wright and F. J. Burgenstein. They import much of the tiling used in the industry and owing to the high quality of their work the business has become one of large dimensions, requiring approximately two hundred employes in its operation. Mr. Fioritto is an acknowledged expert at his trade and displays initiative, sound judgment and marked executive ability in the management of his business interests, adhering closely to the rules which govern strict and unswerving integrity.

At Venice, Italy, on the 16th of February, 1909, Mr. Fioritto was married to Miss Marcolina Pontello, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mark Pontello, both of whom are deceased. Mr. and Mrs. Fioritto have one child, Elizabeth Fioritto, who was born in Toledo in 1910. They are communicants of the Roman Catholic church and Mr. Fioritto is a republican in his political views. He is a valued member of the Toledo Chamber of Commerce and the Merchants & Manufacturers Association: America has been to him the land of opportunity. While it is certain that success is not' to be had here for the asking, it is equally certain that industry wins its reward and that diligence and determination always count as forces in advancement. Through the employment of these agencies he has steadily progressed and Toledo now numbers him among its leading business men. With deep love for his native land, he possesses a still stronger attachment for the country of his adoption and in thought, spirit and interests he is thoroughly American.

Toledo and Lucas County, Ohio
BY: John M. Killits, A.M., LL.D.
S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago and Toledo

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