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"Are You Carhartt Tough?" Contest Finalist Announced

Cintas announces California Firefighter as Grand Prize Finalist

Cincinnati, OH, May 1, 2010Carhartt and Cintas have launched its search for North America’s toughest workers. The Are You Carhartt Tough? Contest is being conducted in conjunction with the roll-out of a new line of Carhartt Workwear offered for the first time in a Uniform Rental Program.

With Ducks Unlimited acting as media sponsor, contest organizers have reached out to the workforce in the United States and Canada to identify people who are strong, dependable, resilient and rugged. After hundreds of contest submissions, Cintas, Carhartt and Ducks Unlimited are proud to announce Steve Nicholson from Quincy, CA as a Grand Prize Finalist!

Steve Nicholson – Senior Firefighter from Quincy, CA
Displaying reliability, strength and resilience, Steve works long hours in intense conditions fighting wildland fires. From rappelling into dangerous environments, hiking long distances with 40+ pounds of equipment, clearing brush, to developing strategies and protecting his crew, Steve IS Carhartt Tough!

The Are You Carhartt Tough? Contest is still searching for North America’s toughest workers. Quarterly winners will be chosen to receive $500 in Carhartt merchandise and nine additional Grand Prize finalists will be selected. At the contest’s completion, two Grand Prize winners will receive a weekend duck hunt trip designed by Ducks Unlimited or a trip to The STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series in 2011.

Check out Steve’s story or submit your own at

About Cintas Corporation

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 800,000 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 Standard & Poor's 500 Index.

About Carhartt, Inc

Established in 1889, Carhartt is a global premium work wear brand with a rich heritage of developing rugged apparel for workers on and off the job. Headquartered in Dearborn, Mich., with more than 3,500 employees worldwide, Carhartt is privately owned and managed by the descendants of the company‘s founder, Hamilton Carhartt. For more information, visit

About Ducks Unlimited

With the help of over one milling supporters, Ducks Unlimited works on the ground to restore, manage and conserve habitats that benefit wildlife and people. Learn more at


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