Cintas & Carhartt Announce Four New Tough Crew Finalists
Winner will receive $2,500 in free Carhartt merchandise*

CINCINNATI — Mar. 17, 2015 — Cintas & Carhartt are pleased to announce the second round of finalists in the Tough Crew Contest. These individual’s crews will be eligible to win $2,500 in free Carhartt merchandise.*

  • Blake Bornstein from Hammond, WI and his commercial fishing crew who works summers in Kenai, Alaska
  • Ryan Jacobs and his team from Ryan’s Landscaping from McSherrystown (near Hanover), Pennsylvania
  • Michael Knott and his bridge building crew from New Palestine (near Indianapolis), Indiana
  • Andrea Townsley-Sapp, an engineer from Havre de Grace, Maryland who works with the Maryland Conservation Corp

These hard-working individuals submitted entries and photos illustrating how their teams “Outwork Them All®” and why they rely on Carhartt to get the job done. Entries are being accepted at the contest website through the end of April, at which time the last four finalists will be announced. All twelve finalists will then compete through online votes for the grand prize of $2,500 in free merchandise to outfit their teams.*

For the past three years, Cintas & Carhartt have recognized cold-weather workers through the Cold Crew contest. This year, the new Tough Crew contest honors crews of people who work together in all types of climates and occupations.

“We’re excited to be doing something different this year,” says John Rudy, senior marketing and strategy manager for Cintas Corporation, North America’s largest uniform supplier. “We’ve heard great stories about North America’s workforce through our previous contests with Carhartt, and we look forward to opening it up to groups that work in tough conditions year round and in all types of climates.”

Last year’s Cintas & Carhartt Cold Crew Contest, which focused on winter workers, spurred more than 15,000 entries from throughout the U.S. and Canada. Property maintenance employee Conner Schmidt from Rocky River, Ohio was voted the winner, and he enjoyed a free trip for two to the CMA Music Festival in Nashville in June.

“Congratulations to the hardworking finalists of the Cintas & Carhartt Tough Crew Contest,” said Tony Ambroza, senior vice president of marketing at Carhartt. “We know that the competition for this contest is steep and we want to recognize all the individuals who signed up to compete. We look forward to revealing the winning crew in the weeks to come, until then, continue to Outwork Them All®.”

Cintas & Carhartt formed a partnership in 2011 making Cintas the exclusive provider of Carhartt Rental Workwear and Flame Resistant Workwear. Now, businesses can take advantage of the styling and durability of Carhartt apparel with the added benefits of laundering, repair and replacement that accompany a Cintas uniform rental program. Click here for more information about Carhartt Rental Workwear exclusively from Cintas.

*Please refer to the Cintas & Carhartt Tough Crew Rules & Regulations at

About Cintas Corporation
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, first aid, safety and fire protection products and services. 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 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 4,900 employees worldwide, Carhartt is family-owned and managed by the descendants of the company’s founder, Hamilton Carhartt. For more information, visit