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Cintas Leads Industry in Use of New Environmentally Friendly Cleaner

Company transitions to phosphate-free and EDTA-free biodegradable option

CINCINNATI, OH, Feb. 6, 2012 Cintas Corporation (NASDAQ:CTAS), the nation’s leading business to business services provider and the largest uniform supplier in North America, in conjunction with Washing Systems, LLC (WSI) announced today it has begun transitioning company-wide to a new, more environmentally friendly cleaner.

Structure, the WSI product being introduced at Cintas facilities throughout the U.S., uses components that are free of phosphates and ethylene diamine tetra-acetic acid (EDTA), which have been found in some instances to alter the oxygen and metallic levels naturally found in the environment. The components of Structure are not only environmentally friendly, but completely biodegradable. Its main ingredient is also naturally based and made from renewable resources.

“Cintas is committed to being a good environmental steward and seeks to help our customers and communities make positive impacts on the environment in any way we can,” said Scott Farmer, CEO of Cintas Corporation. “We are pleased to lead the industry in promoting innovative alternatives that continue to foster our sustainability efforts.”

In 2008, Cintas became the first company in the industrial laundry industry to transition company-wide to detergents free of Nonylphenol Ethoxylate (NPE). Two years later, the Environmental Protection Agency issued an Action Plan Summary to eliminate the use of NPE from all industrial applications and consumer products.

Once the transition is complete, Cintas will be the first and only industrial launderer in the industry to employ washing standards that are 100 percent NPE-free, phosphate-free and EDTA-free at all of its 175 uniform laundry facilities throughout North America.

About Cintas

Headquartered in Cincinnati, Cintas Corporation provides highly specialized services to businesses of all types primarily throughout North America. Cintas designs, manufactures and implements corporate identity uniform programs, and provides entrance mats, restroom supplies, promotional products, first aid, safety, fire protection products and services and document management services for approximately 900,000 businesses. Cintas is a publicly held company traded over the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the symbol CTAS, and is a component of the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index.

About Washing Systems, LLC

Washing Systems, LLC (WSI), is the leading provider of environmentally sustainable laundry products and services to the commercial laundry industry. Formed in 1989, the company’s history is marked with innovations in washroom chemistry technology featuring 28 patents and its trademark “Rapid Rate Cleaning™” process. WSI has built a reputation of comprehensive customer service, known throughout the industry as WSI’s “Five-Star Service ©.” Combining the company’s heritage in developing advanced, environmentally sustainable washroom technology with its comprehensive approach to service, WSI is driven by improving quality and increasing profitability in the customers’ operations.


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