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"Are You Carhartt Tough?" Contest Finalist Announced

Cintas announces Virginia Lineman as Winner & Grand Prize Finalist

Cincinnati, OH, May 1, 2010Carhartt and Cintas have launched its search for North America’s toughest workers. The Are You Carhartt Tough? Contest is being conducted in conjunction with the roll-out of a new line of Carhartt Workwear offered for the first time in a Uniform Rental Program.

With Ducks Unlimited acting as media sponsor, contest organizers have reached out to the workforce in the United States and Canada to identify people who are strong, dependable, resilient and rugged. After hundreds of contest submissions, Cintas, Carhartt and Ducks Unlimited are proud to announce Jonathan Backus from Hampton, VA as a Grand Prize Finalist and the first quarterly winner!

Jonathan Backus- Lineman from Hampton, VA & Winner of $500 in Carhartt Merchandise!
The epitome of strength both personally and professionally, Jonathan works in dangerous high-voltage conditions in all types of weather to keep power up and running. From climbing wood poles with gaffs or steel towers upwards of 300 feet tall, to working on energized lines reaching 34,500 volts on a daily basis, Jonathan IS Carhartt Tough!

For his tough attitude and pride he takes in his work, Cintas is pleased to announce Jonathan as the first quarterly winner of $500 in Carhartt merchandise.

The Are You Carhartt Tough? Contest is still searching for North America’s toughest workers. Quarterly winners will be chosen to receive $500 in Carhartt merchandise and nine additional Grand Prize finalists will be selected. At the contest’s completion, two Grand Prize winners will receive a weekend duck hunt trip designed by Ducks Unlimited or a trip to The STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series in 2011.

Check out Jonathan’s story or submit your own at

About Cintas Corporation

Headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, Cintas Corporation provides highly specialized services to businesses of all types throughout North America. Cintas designs, manufactures and implements corporate identity uniform programs and provides entrance mats, restroom supplies, promotional products, first aid and safety products, fire protection services and document management services to approximately 800,000 businesses. Cintas is a publicly held company traded over the Nasdaq National Market under the symbol CTAS and is a Nasdaq-100 company and component of Standard & Poor's 500 Index.

About Carhartt, Inc

Established in 1889, Carhartt is a global premium work wear brand with a rich heritage of developing rugged apparel for workers on and off the job. Headquartered in Dearborn, Mich., with more than 3,500 employees worldwide, Carhartt is privately owned and managed by the descendants of the company‘s founder, Hamilton Carhartt. For more information, visit

About Ducks Unlimited

With the help of over one milling supporters, Ducks Unlimited works on the ground to restore, manage and conserve habitats that benefit wildlife and people. Learn more at


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