Four Cintas Customers Win 2008 Image of the Year Award
NYLO Hotels, Planet Hollywood Casino, Centra Care-Florida Hospital Urgent Care and Silversea apparel programs stand out for fashion and function
CHICAGO, April 7, 2008 — Selected from a list of notable apparel programs, four Cintas customers took home a winning trophy from this yearï¿½s Image of the Year (IOY) Award ceremony held on March 29th at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville. The IOY Awards recognize leaders in the corporate uniform and image apparel industry.
This yearï¿½s IOY Award winners include:
Centra Care-Florida Hospital Urgent Care
Planet Hollywood Casino
"We were very pleased with the fashion, function and depth to the programs nominated this year," said Jeff Rundles, publisher of Corporate Apparel Magazine and judge for the event. "Itï¿½s evident the designers closely listened to the needs of each client and developed programs that truly extended each companyï¿½s brand."
In its 30th year, the IOY Award ceremony is held in conjunction with the National Association of Uniform Manufacturers and Distributors (NAUMD) convention. John Davidson, best known for hosting television shows such as "Thatï¿½s Incredible!" and "Hollywood Squares," presented this yearï¿½s awards.
"Winning the 2008 IOY Award in the hotels category is a great honor," said Michael Mueller, president of NYLO Hotels. "To develop the concept and styles for our line, NYLO partnered with Daniel Vosovic, an emerging star in the fashion world, and Cintas, an established full-service uniform services company. This award is confirmation that we selected a winning combination."
In the Healthcare category, Cintasï¿½ apparel program for Centra Care-Florida Hospital Urgent Care includes apparel for administrative staff, physicians, marketing personnel and nurses. Design elements are incorporated into each piece to complement the rebranding and renovation of their facilities.
"We are ecstatic to be the recipient of such a prestigious award," said Stacey Blackmon, executive director of Sales and Marketing at Centra Care. "In conjunction with our rebranding efforts, we wanted to use our apparel program to create a consistent patient experience throughout our 14 clinics. The apparel program was key to establishing a streamlined identity and positions our staff to be an extension of the Centra Care brand."
Cintas also designs for Silversea, a luxury cruise line, which encompasses a full range of fashions throughout the ship from bellman to sommelier.
"Receiving this award is a great honor," said Alia Abou Asali, director of Purchasing, Silversea. "Having our employees dressed in an award-winning uniform program further refines our guestsï¿½ experience as they enjoy the beauty and wonders of the ocean."
Cintas designs for Planet Hollywood included chic ensembles inspired by the red carpet of Hollywood. Featuring sleek, lightweight blends, garments allow for stretch and comfort while revealing the most exciting looks on the Las Vegas strip.
With its unique and fashionable designs featured in The Big Book, Cintas delivers apparel programs to its customers that mirror current retail styles. To create fashionable uniforms suitable for any work environment, Cintas has partnered with renowned designers such as Cynthia Rowley, Daniel Vosovic, Lafayette 148 and Michael Kors. Cintasï¿½ designers also seek inspiration for styles from the catwalks of New Yorkï¿½s Fashion Week each year.
For more information about NAUMD or the IOY Awards, visit www.naumd.com or call 212.736.3010. For more information about Cintas, please visit www.cintas.com or www.cintasfashion.com.
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 the Standard & Poor's 500 Index. The company has achieved 38 consecutive years of growth in sales and earnings, to date.