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Cintas Responds to Press Release

CINCINNATI, January 7, 2004 - Today, UNITE issued a highly exaggerated press release with misleading characterizations of actions taken by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). As part of the union's campaign against Cintas Corporation to organize Cintas employees without a secret ballot election supervised by the NLRB, UNITE has filed more than 100 Unfair Labor Practices (ULP's) over the past 12 months against the Company.

In response to the union's exaggerated mischaracterizations and to set the record straight, we are issuing this press release.

More than two-thirds of these charges were either dismissed by the NLRB or withdrawn by the union before they were dismissed by the NLRB.

Of the remaining charges, the NLRB has issued a complaint involving only four of Cintas' more than 300 locations, which represent seven charges against the Company. As to the seven charges, the NLRB has made no final determination of any wrongdoing by the Company and has set a hearing on April 26, 2004. The balance of the remaining charges is in the final stages of being settled with the NLRB without the admission of any wrongdoing by the Company or any fines.

Cintas believes it has complied with the law, will continue to do so and will vigorously defend itself against the complaint. The estimated liability, if any, relating to these charges is immaterial to the Company's financial statements.

For additional information, Contact:
William C. Gale
Senior Vice President-Finance and Chief Financial Officer

Karen L. Carnahan
Vice President and Treasurer

About Cintas
Headquartered in Cincinnati, Cintas Corporation provides highly specialized services to businesses of all types throughout North America. Cintas designs, manufactures and implements corporate identity uniform programs, provides entrance mats, restroom supplies, promotional products and first aid and safety products and services for more than 500,000 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 the Standard & Poor's 500 Index. The Company has achieved 34 consecutive years of growth in sales and earnings, to date.



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