Gas line explosion results in Marriott helping Ritz with laundry

Does 27,6000 pounds over weekend

A total of 9,200 pounds of laundry from the  Ritz Carlton in Naples had to be done at the Marco Island Marriot Beach Resort on Friday. Services, including laundry, were disrupted at the Ritz by a gas line explosion in Lee County on Thursday night. Laundry was separated then placed in blue laundry bags that traveled to an area where it was dropped onto a conveyor belt to go into the huge washing machines. The entire laundry was to be done in just over six hours.

Photo by ROGER LALONDE

A total of 9,200 pounds of laundry from the Ritz Carlton in Naples had to be done at the Marco Island Marriot Beach Resort on Friday. Services, including laundry, were disrupted at the Ritz by a gas line explosion in Lee County on Thursday night. Laundry was separated then placed in blue laundry bags that traveled to an area where it was dropped onto a conveyor belt to go into the huge washing machines. The entire laundry was to be done in just over six hours.

Matt Brown, left, director of services at the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, readies to take laundry off a truck from the Ritz Carlton in Naples, while Moise Daceus alerts the laundry department that it has arrived. The Ritz delivered 9,200 pounds of laundry to the Marriott on Friday, because some of  its services were still disrupted from a gas line explosion that occurred Thursday night.

Photo by ROGER LALONDE

Matt Brown, left, director of services at the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, readies to take laundry off a truck from the Ritz Carlton in Naples, while Moise Daceus alerts the laundry department that it has arrived. The Ritz delivered 9,200 pounds of laundry to the Marriott on Friday, because some of its services were still disrupted from a gas line explosion that occurred Thursday night.

Moise Daceus, Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort laundry supervisor and truck driver Ray Ballmer of the Ritz-Carlton in Naples, begin unloading what eventually amounted to 9,200 pounds of laundry from the Ritz-Carlton on Friday. A sister hotel, the Ritz-Carlton was affected by the gas line explosion in Lee County that occurred Thursday night. Laundry workers from both hotels came together to get the extra laundry done. Due to the advanced laundry at the Marriott, the entire load was to be done in just over six hours.

Photo by ROGER LALONDE

Moise Daceus, Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort laundry supervisor and truck driver Ray Ballmer of the Ritz-Carlton in Naples, begin unloading what eventually amounted to 9,200 pounds of laundry from the Ritz-Carlton on Friday. A sister hotel, the Ritz-Carlton was affected by the gas line explosion in Lee County that occurred Thursday night. Laundry workers from both hotels came together to get the extra laundry done. Due to the advanced laundry at the Marriott, the entire load was to be done in just over six hours.

The average family of four does 60 to 90 pounds of laundry in a week.

The Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort does 25,000 pounds a day.

Over the weekend it added another 9,200 pounds each day!

The Laundry Department took on the extra pounds to help its sister hotel, The Ritz-Carlton in Naples.

A gas line explosion in Fort Myers on Thursday night disrupted service to 6,000 residential and 1,200 commercial customers in Lee and Collier counties.

The Marriott also made rooms available for guests staying at the Ritz and LaPlaya in Naples who wanted to move, the Marriott’s sales and marketing director Robert Pfeffer said.

“We’re all in this business together,” he said.

Matt Brown, director of services at the Marriott, said the first two truck loads of laundry came around 4:30 p.m. on Friday. By 5 p.m., Marriott and Ritz worked together, along with quality laundry equipment, to get laundry done.

Brown said that the Ritz laundry was completed by midnight each day. Over three days, 16 employees totaled 336 hours to help its sister hotel. It involved 12 associates, two managers and two supervisors.

“The Ritz was very grateful,” he said.

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