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Cintas Recognized for Commitment to Diversity


Cintas CEO, Scott Farmer, honored with INROADS' prestigious "Frank C. Carr" award for vision and commitment to diversity in corporate America

CINCINNATI, OH, August 30, 2005 – INROADS, a national program that pairs top minority students with major corporations, recently honored Cintas Corporation (Nasdaq: CTAS) for its commitment to diversity.  More than 350 people attended a July 26 th awards banquet in Cincinnati where Scott Farmer, Cintas President and CEO, received the national "Frank C. Carr" award for vision and commitment to diversity in corporate America.

"Mr. Farmer stands out because of his personal involvement with interns and alumni," said Marsha Thornton, managing director for INROADS' Cincinnati chapter.  "Cintas stands out because they consistently increase their hiring and retention rates with INROADS talent."  Wilson Martinez, INROADS Vice President added, "We wish to recognize the impact of Mr. Farmer's support in a national way to minority youth from many other INROADS cities."

The 2005 "Frank C. Carr" national award places Cintas in elite company with past winners, including Procter and Gamble and Liberty Mutual. 

Through INROADS, Cintas prepares minority students for fulltime, post-graduation employment opportunities at the company.  "INROADS students are among the best and brightest," Farmer said.  "They are tremendous assets to our organization and company culture."  

Cintas ranks among America's top-20 employers of INROADS student interns, providing paid internships to minority students at Cintas locations across North America.  The company began its relationship with INROADS in 1996, allocated $228,000 toward INROADS sponsor fees in 2005, and currently employs 66 INROADS interns at its operations across North America. 

Cintas also created "INROADS Day," a special career workshop hosted by Cintas CEO Scott Farmer at the company's corporate headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Each summer, Cintas brings INROADS scholars together and provides skills training to every Cintas INROADS intern who attends the event.

In addition to the "Frank C. Carr" award, FORTUNE magazine listed Cintas among  America's "Most Admired Companies" for the fifth consecutive year in 2005.  The company was named the fourth best employer in Canada by Report on Business Magazine in 2004, and provided more than $2 million in clothing and financial aid to support tsunami relief efforts in South Asia. 



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 to approximately 700,000 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 36 consecutive years of growth in sales and earnings, to date.

 



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