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Company History

From humble beginnings in 1929 when Richard "Doc" Farmer started a small business to reclaim and clean rags for local factories, Cintas has grown to clothe more than 5 million people for work every day.

Herschell Farmer became president of the company in 1952 after his father's death and, after 23 years of continued success, turned the helm over to his son, Richard. The company entered the uniform rental business in 1965, a move that would dramatically reshape the company and revolutionize the uniform marketplace. For example, Cintas was the industry pioneer in introducing polyester-cotton blend fabric that doubled the life of uniforms and made cleaning more efficient.

In 1983, the company made its initial public offering of stock.

Scott Farmer, the fourth generation of the Farmer family, currently serves as Chief Executive Officer. Phillip Holloman serves as President and Chief Operating Officer and Robert J. Kohlhepp is chairman.

Today Cintas is the largest uniform supplier in North America, with more than 900,000 customers. The company has more than 430 facilities across North America, including six manufacturing plants and nine distribution centers employing approximately 30,000 people.

Fortune magazine listed Cintas among America's "Most Admired" companies for nine consecutive years and Report on Business magazine has named Cintas among the "50 Best Employers in Canada" for two years running.


Cintas employee partners

Cintas Employee Partners

  1. We live by the rules.
  2. We are professional.
  3. We are thorough.
  4. Our work is important to us.
  5. We are tough-minded, strong-willed people.
  6. We operate with a sense of positive discontent — never satisfied with the status quo.
  7. We operate with a sense of competitive urgency.
  8. We are enthusiastic.
  9. We have a passion for growth.
  10. We have high standards; we're committed to high performance.
  11. We cherish our partners on the front line.