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Cintas Honored for Wastewater Pretreatment Achievement

Company Receives Missouri Water Environment Association's "Gold Award"

CINCINNATI, OH, April 21, 2006 – Cintas Corporation's (Nasdaq: CTAS) Springfield, MO facility received the Missouri Water Environment Association's (MWEA) "Gold Award Certificate" for wastewater pretreatment.  The award, presented by the MWEA's Industrial Waste Committee, honors Cintas for remaining in 100% wastewater compliance for the entire year of 2005.

"We congratulate Cintas' Springfield facility, along with all of the companies that received Missouri Water Environment Association Gold Awards for wastewater compliance," said Richard Johannes, MWEA Industrial Waist Committee Chairman.  "Achieving this recognition by MWEA is no simple task and sets a standard for other industries in the state, for going the extra mile to protect the environment, while serving the interest of the company they represent."

To qualify for the MWEA Gold Award, companies must have a pretreatment or pollution prevention system in place, as well as a cooperative working relationship with the Publicly Owned Treatment Works (POTW).  In addition, all companies up for consideration must have received a positive safety report on their most recent pretreatment inspection and remained in 100% compliance during the entire previous calendar year.

"The MWEA recognition reflects our commitment to the environment and the level of excellence we strive to attain at all of our facilities across North America," said Scott Farmer, Cintas President and CEO."

In addition to the MWEA award, numerous agencies have recognized Cintas for environmental stewardship, including:

  • Romeoville, IL: Illinois Governor's Pollution Prevention Award
  • Richmond, VA: Chesterfield County Department of Utilities' "Exemplary Pollution Prevention Award" for proactively initiating programs that produce quality wastewater.
  • Dallas, TX: Dallas Water Utilities' "Blue Thumb Award" for wastewater pretreatment compliance.
  • Ontario, CA: Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County's "Good Corporate Citizen Award" for wastewater achievement.

About Cintas
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 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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