OSHA Recognizes Cintas in Statesville, NC with Highest Safety Designation
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- March 13, 2013
Cintas Corporation (NASDAQ: CTAS) today announced that its uniform rental
facility in Statesville, NC has received Carolina “Star” certification from
the North Carolina Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
Carolina “Star” is the state’s highest recognition for the practice of, and
commitment to exemplary occupational safety and health, and mirrors the
Federal OSHA Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) Star certification.
“Here is a major business in this country, whose number one concern is the
safety of the people who work for it – not its bottom line,” said U.S. Rep.
Virginia Foxx (R-NC) during the award ceremony held at the Statesville
facility on Friday. “I just can’t tell you how impressed I am with the culture
of Cintas,” she added.
The Cintas uniform rental branch in Statesville began the Carolina Star
process in 2011. The designation required close collaboration between
management and employee-partners and successful completion of a strict and
rigorous audit. Approximately 34 employee-partners work at the facility.
“This day marks both the end and the new beginning of a great challenge
because the journey to continuous safety improvement is never ending,” said
Tom Rager, Branch Manager. "I am so proud of our wonderful partners for their
commitment to Cintas, to each other and to their loved ones by living the
Cintas safety culture every day."
Of the 220,000 businesses in the state of North Carolina, only 145 have
achieved Carolina star, according to Cherie Berry, North Carolina Labor
Commissioner. “You are very special people and you should be very proud," she
The uniform rental branch in Statesville is the 8^th uniform rental facility
and the 11^th company-wide to receive OSHA’s highest safety distinction.
Cintas Corporation has approximately 350 facilities throughout the world
actively pursuing VPP recognition by OSHA or the equivalent under a similar
certifying body. This includes operations in the U.S., Canada, the United
Kingdom, Mexico and Honduras.
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, tile and carpet cleaning,
promotional products, first aid, safety, fire protection products and services
and document management services for more than 1,000,000 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.
Heather Maley, Corporate Communications Manager, 513-701-2200
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