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Design Excellence Across All Industries: Cintas Nominates Fashion Focused Programs for Image of the Year Award

CINCINNATI, OH, March 19, 2007 –Cintas, the leader in designing corporate identity uniforms, has announced its nominations for this year’s Image of the Year Awards held by the National Association of Uniform Manufacturers and Distributors (NAUMD).  The competition recognizes outstanding design in the field of corporate uniforms and image apparel within the United States.  Last year Cintas won for two programs, the world famous Wynn Resort in Las Vegas and Sheraton Hotels and Resorts.

Cintas has seen an increased interest in fashion across industries and has learned that nearly 70% of consumers directly correlate an employee’s appearance to their expectations of products and services.  In partnership with top designers such as Lafayette 148, Cynthia Rowley and Michael Kors, Cintas is leading the charge to deliver uniforms that address this trend.

Following suit, the NAUMD has appointed a new panel of judges including magazine editors, fashion designers and experts from the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) and Parsons School of Design for the award judging.  Cintas, prepared for the challenge, nominated twelve of its most innovative programs in six of the categories.  These categories include: hotel, gaming, cruise, healthcare, restaurant and transportation.

A perfect example of innovation and fashion awareness is the W Hotels program designed by Michael Kors, powered by Cintas.  Combining its designs with those of Michael Kors, Cintas achieved W Hotel’s goal of providing a hip, trendy uniform program aligned with the brand’s image. A complete list of Cintas nominated programs is as follows:

  • W/Starwood Hotels & Resorts (Hotels) White Plains, NY
  • LondonNYC (Hotels) Manhattan, NY
  • Fairmont Orchid (Hotels) Kohala Coast, HI
  • Marina Inn at Grande Dunes (Hotels) Myrtle Beach, SC
  • Hard Rock (Hotels) Hollywood, FL
  • TableMountain (Casino) Friant, CA
  • Red Rock (Casino) Las Vegas, NV
  • Royal Caribbean (Cruise Line) Miami, FL
  • Ochsner Hospitals (Healthcare) New Orleans, LA
  • Circa55 (Restaurants) Beverly Hills, CA
  • Miel Restaurant (Restaurants) Boston, MA
  • Advantage Rent-A-Car (Transportation) San Antonio, TX

Results of the NAUMD Image of the Year Awards will be announced on April 14, 2007 in Atlanta, GA. The winners will have their programs showcased in a multimedia presentation led by the master of ceremony, Bob Eubanks, former host of The Newlywed Game.

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, first aid and safety products, fire protection services and document management services for approximately 700,000 businesses. Cintas is a publicly held company traded over the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the symbol CTAS, and is a Nasdaq-100 company and component of the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index. The Company has achieved 37 consecutive years of growth in sales and earnings, to date.


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