BETHESDA, Md., March 10, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- In a first for the U.S. hospitality industry, Marriott International (NASDAQ: MAR) announced today that it will provide "Made in USA" towels and bath mats in every guest bathroom in nearly 3,000 U.S. hotels. Buying "Made in USA" towels and bath mats benefits U.S. manufacturing communities such as Thomaston, Ga., and Union, S.C., where manufacturing company Standard Textile is producing them with 100 percent cotton fiber grown in the U.S.
Marriott's commitment to buy "Made in USA" guestroom terry products creates 150 new jobs in Standard Textile's facilities in Thomaston and Union, as well as at the company's Cincinnati headquarters and through its supply chain.
"As a global company based in the United States, we're proud to be the first hospitality company to commit to providing our guests with 'Made in USA' bathroom towels in our U.S. hotels," said Marriott President and CEO Arne Sorenson.
"We believe our guests will appreciate knowing that even simple items they use every day in our hotels represent progress for the U.S. economy," said Executive Chairman J.W. "Bill" Marriott, Jr. "We also hope this sends a message to other businesses that buying locally can make business sense."
Overall, this commitment will mean the annual production of 2.6 million bath towels and 4.9 million hand towels - the equivalent of as much as 5.6 million pounds of textiles. If laid end-to-end, the textiles Marriott will purchase in one year would stretch more than 4,300 miles. The commitment to manufacture these textiles in the U.S., also reduces greenhouse gas emissions by eliminating more than 300 ocean going container shipments annually.
Marriott's "Made in USA" commitment with Standard Textile expands the two companies' long-standing relationship. Last year, Marriott recognized Standard Textile's commitment to continuous collaboration, innovative new products and superior service by giving the company its 2015 Americas Recognition Award.
"Marriott's desire to provide guests with terry bath products made by U.S. textile artisans speaks to the heart of why Standard Textile is thriving and creating new jobs after 76 years," said Gary Heiman, President and CEO. "Our commitment to technology driven manufacturing and innovation has enabled us to expand our operations in the U.S., creating a sustainable infrastructure for Marriott's 'Made in USA' products."
Customers can find "Made in USA" towels and bath mats in some hotels today, though ultimately most U.S. hotels across all of Marriott's brands - ranging from moderate to luxury - will provide the items. To provide hotel operators with innovative solutions that control costs while delivering high quality products and services, Marriott partners with Avendra, North America's leading procurement services provider serving the hospitality industry.
About Marriott International
Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a global leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,400 properties in 87 countries and territories. Marriott International reported revenues of more than $14 billion in fiscal year 2015. The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 19 brands, including: The Ritz-Carlton®, BVlgari®, EDITION®, JW Marriott®, Autograph Collection® Hotels, Renaissance® Hotels, Marriott Hotels®, Delta Hotels and Resorts®, Marriott Executive Apartments®, Marriott Vacation Club®, Gaylord Hotels®, AC Hotels by Marriott®, Courtyard®, Residence Inn®, SpringHill Suites®, Fairfield Inn & Suites®, TownePlace Suites®, Protea Hotels® and Moxy Hotels®. Marriott has been consistently recognized as a top employer and for its superior business ethics. The company also manages the award-winning guest loyalty program, Marriott Rewards® and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards® program, which together comprise nearly 55 million members. For more information or reservations, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.
About Standard Textile
Standard Textile is a leading, vertically integrated, global provider of total solutions in hospitality textiles, interiors, healthcare, apparel and consumer markets worldwide. With 23 technology driven manufacturing plants and distribution facilities in 12 countries around the world, the Company leverages textile design, advanced manufacturing and laundry expertise to serve its customers worldwide. Founded in 1940, Standard Textile has developed a culture of innovation, quality, and service, as well as a commitment to enhance sustainability. With more than 70 patents, its products are engineered to deliver durability, longevity and value. For more information, visit www.standardtextile.com.
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