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Fortune Magazine Names Cintas One of "America's Most Admired Companies" for Fourth Consecutive Year


Company Ranked Number One In Diversified Outsourcing Industry

CINCINNATI, February 25, 2004 – In its annual analysis of more than 590 companies in 64 industries, Fortune Magazine named Cintas Corporation (Nasdaq: CTAS) one of "America’s Most Admired Companies" across all industries and the country’s “Most Admired Company” in the diversified outsourcing sector. The recognition marks the fourth consecutive year Cintas has made Fortune’s overall list and the second time the company has topped the industry list.

"Being named one of America’s most admired companies speaks volumes about our employee-partners and shareholder value proposition," said Scott Farmer, President and CEO of Cintas. "The recognition is the result of our culture and commitment to maximizing the long-term value of Cintas among employees, customers, and shareholders."

To create the list, 10,000 executives, directors, and securities analysts from 64 industries rated companies in their own industries using eight key attributes of reputation. Cintas, the nation’s largest uniform service provider, topped the rankings in its industry sector by finishing first in quality of management, financial soundness, long-term investment value, and quality of products and services. The company received second place scores for innovation, employee talent, and use of corporate assets, and a top five score for social responsibility.

In addition to Fortune’s “Most Admired,” Forbes Magazine named Cintas one of the “Best Managed” companies in America in 2004 and one of the "Best Big Companies in the World" each year from 1999-2003. The company was recently named the fourth best employer in Canada by Report on Business Magazine and received the Matthew 25: Ministries Corporate Humanitarian Award and the Massachusetts Exemplary Employer Award in 2003.

Contact:
Pamela Lowe
Vice President
Corporate Communications
Cintas Corporation
(513) 573-4017



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, and provides entrance mats, restroom supplies, promotional products and first aid and safety products for over 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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