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2009 Image of the Year Award Winners Announced

Winners find innovative apparel designs a key business differentiator in competitive market


LAS VEGAS, April 27, 2009 — Winners of the 2009 Image of the Year (IOY) awards were announced Saturday evening during the North American Association of Uniform Manufacturers and Distributors (NAUMD) Annual Banquet and Awards dinner. Winners were selected by an independent panel of judges representing a selection of the fashion industry's most celebrated designers, journalists and fashion authorities.

For more than 30 years, NAUMD IOY awards have recognized high achievement in the design, creation and manufacturer of imagewear apparel. Winners have mastered the concept of merging fashion and function in their image and market planning. At the same time, the program allows for the acknowledgement and recognition of the associations members who with their clients in creating imagewear that truly promotes and projects the image goals and objectives in building an image that enhances their corporate brand.

This year�s IOY Award winners include:

Restaurants - Fine Dining
The Wave Restaurant by the Walt Disney World Corporation

Restaurants - Fast Food
McDonald�s by Crest Uniform � an Aramark Corporation

Casinos
Aliante Station Casino by Cintas Corporation

Theme Parks & Sports
Magic Kingdom�s Mickey�s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party by Walt Disney World Corporation

Transportation
Delta Air Lines by Lion Uniform Group

Cruise Lines
Holland America Line by Omega Frontline Apparel, Ltd.

Retail Establishment
Shell by Lion Uniform Group

Healthcare
Stanford Medicine Outpatient Center by Cintas Corporation

Hotels � Multiple
Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company by Cintas Corporation

Hotels � Single
Hilton Sante Fe at Buffalo Thunder by Superior Uniform Group

Service/Industry
Mary Kay, Inc. by Brookhurst, Inc.

Security
Empire State Building by I. Buss Uniform Company

"The IOY awards recognize progressive and leading businesses in several key industries," said Richard Lerman, president and CEO of the NAUMD. "This year�s winners are an exclusive set of companies who have maintained a competitive edge in their business by placing an importance on the image of their staff. As markets become increasingly competitive, image can make all the difference between a customer gained and a customer lost."

Winners in each category represent apparel programs with varying purposes or functions within their industry. While largely designed to assist customers and clients in identification of staff, uniforms can also extend a company�s brand, increase safety, enhance interior d�cor and build employee morale. For example, healthcare organizations that invest in apparel programs as opposed to employee-purchased scrubs often find a noticeable improvement in patient satisfaction.

"As businesses look for new ways to stay competitive, providing employees with a fresh look can be a cost-effective way to appeal to existing and new customers," added Lerman.

Jay Johnson, star of the television show "Soap," hosted the ceremony held at the Bally�s Platinum and Grand Ballrooms.

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 the NAUMD

The North American Association of Uniform Manufacturers & Distributors (NAUMD) has served as the voice of the Uniform Industry since 1933, and is a trade association representing the interests and needs of its 450+ members, who manufacture, design, produce, and or sell uniforms and uniform accessories or who provide products and or services to the uniform industry.

NAUMD represents the interests of the industry to the public, appropriate federal, state, and local governmental agencies, and to the consumer and trade news media. The Association provides services to member firms collectively for the betterment of all member companies and the industry at large. NAUMD also provides the means for the education and interchange of ideas between our members and facilitates communications through several publications and services.

About Cintas Corporation:

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 800,000 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.

 



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