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Cintas Wins Spirit of Diversity Award for Commitment to Supplier Diversity

Company recognized for diverse supplier development through mentoring and training

CINCINNATI—June 21, 2011Cintas Corporation (NASDAQ: CTAS) today announced that it received a Spirit of Diversity Award at the 2011 South Central Ohio Healthcare Supplier Diversity Symposium, a regional event that brings together senior leaders in the healthcare supply chain to enhance relationships with diverse suppliers in the region. Cintas received the award in the Major Supplier category for the development of diverse suppliers through mentoring and capacity building courses, providing actual results, leadership commitment, and accountability and outreach.

“Cintas is truly leading the way in supplier diversity development,” said Amelia Rodriguez, CEO of Vocalink, a multilingual management company that provides services to Cintas and participant in Cintas’ capacity building programs. “Cintas has made enormous strides granting minority suppliers opportunities for free training and extensive mentoring from top-level executives. Cintas works tirelessly to ensure its diverse suppliers are equipped with the tools necessary to be successful.”

Cintas’ commitment to supplier diversity is a corporate-wide initiative to educate its employees about the importance of having a diverse supply chain. While working to increase the number of small, minority and woman owned businesses that provide Cintas with products and services, the programs’ goal is to ensure that every small, minority and woman owned business is treated fairly during the supplier qualification process. Last year, 11 percent of Cintas supplier spend was with minority or woman owned businesses.

Selected as the 2011 corporate participant for the Greater Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky African American Chamber of Commerce “Breakfast with the CEO Program,” Cintas has partnered with the organization to provide its members an opportunity to establish meaningful relationships with Cintas’ leadership. Cintas also offers minority and woman owned businesses strategic selling courses around the country, Six Sigma training and other educational programs.

“We are honored to be recognized for our commitment to economic inclusion within the healthcare industry,” said Pamela Coleman, Senior Director of Supplier Diversity and Sustainability, Cintas. “Our goal is to educate and provide sourcing opportunities that will enable diverse vendors to be successful as our suppliers and in business in general.”

To learn more about Cintas and its corporate diversity initiatives, please visit

About Cintas Corporation:

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


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