Standard Textile to provide 100% cotton towels to Marriott hotels

YarnsandFibers News Bureau 2016-03-11 12:00:00 – US

Standard Textile a leading, vertically integrated, global provider of total solutions in hospitality textiles, interiors, healthcare, apparel and consumer markets worldwide has teamed up with the U.S. hospitality industry, Marriott International to make towels for thousands of its hotels.

Company officials made the announcement on Thursday, saying the partnership will provide “Made in USA” towels and bath mats in every guest bathroom in nearly 3,000 U.S. hotels. It will also create 150 jobs in Standard Textile’s facilities in Thomaston and Union, as well as at the company’s Cincinnati headquarters and through its supply chain. .

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.

The Upstate facility is where they do the finishing on the towels, from washing and drying, to putting labels on them and sending them to the hotels.

Marriott President and CEO Arne Sorenson said that as a global company based in the USA, they are proud to be the first hospitality company to commit to providing their guests with ‘Made in USA’ bathroom towels in U.S. hotels.

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.

Standard Textiles 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.

Gary Heiman, President and CEO of Standard Textile said that their commitment to technology driven manufacturing and innovation has enabled them to expand their operations in the U.S., creating a sustainable infrastructure for Marriott’s ‘Made in USA’ products.”

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