Cintas Customers Earn Accolades at the NAUMD Image of the Year Awards

  Cintas Customers Earn Accolades at the NAUMD Image of the Year Awards

  Marriott Hotels & Resorts, Grand Hyatt San Francisco and The Breakers Palm
          Beach win for edgy, elegant and versatile uniform designs

Business Wire

CHICAGO -- April 8, 2013

For the 14^th consecutive year, customers of Cintas Corporation (NASDAQ: CTAS)
won Image of the Year (IOY) awards during a banquet held by the North American
Association of Uniform Manufacturers and Distributors (NAUMD) in Orlando, Fla.
Selected from an extensive list of prominent nominees, Marriott Hotels &
Resorts, Grand Hyatt San Francisco and The Breakers Palm Beach were presented
with awards based on the design, versatility and quality of their apparel
programs.

“Each year, Cintas impresses us with the amount of detail and creativity they
put into the uniform process and how it translates into meeting or exceeding
its clients’ goals,” said Richard J. Lerman, president and CEO of the NAUMD.
“We are pleased to celebrate their uniform expertise and programs with the
awards, which recognize the best in corporate workwear.”

Winner in the multi-unit hotel category, Marriott Hotels & Resorts, the
signature brand of Marriott International, partnered with Cintas to create the
RED Collection—a new line of contemporary suiting that speaks to the brand’s
heritage and passion with bold red hues. As Marriott Hotels & Resorts’
signature color, red plays an intricate part of the uniform program, standing
out against backdrops of charcoal grey or black while making bold, modern
statements in the form of accessories.

“Symbolizing passion and energy, red shows up throughout the Marriott
collection as the thread that ties all the pieces together,” said Jeff Marino,
Creative Director, Cintas. “The stylish, contemporary design provides
Marriott’s team with impeccable taste and style, and emphasizes their role
around the world as true hosts.”

Winner of the single-unit award went to Grand Hyatt San Francisco, where
Cintas fashion designer Robert Fajfrowski created uniforms that reflect the
city’s trendy atmosphere and strong emphasis on architecture and design. Using
innovative trims, textures, colors and cuts, Cintas created an edgy, yet
sophisticated look for staff in customer-facing positions, including front
desk, lounge and banquet personnel.

“The key for this client was to depict a progressive hotel experience through
funky, yet professional uniform designs,” said Fajfrowski. “A huge inspiration
for the program was the hotel’s brand identity and San Francisco’s reputation
as a trendsetter.”

In the fine-dining category, Cintas partnered with The Breakers Palm Beach to
create a uniform program resembling the elegance of the 1950s and 60s.
Partially inspired by “Mad Men”—an AMC hit television series—the program sets
the stage for drama and impact with multi-pleat dresses, textural fabric
juxtapositions, and Dior-esque bow belts. Predominantly black with white and
red accents, the uniforms capture the elegant, refined look of the previous
decades while incorporating elements from the 21^st century.

“The goal for this program was to create a memorable apparel program more in
line with costumes than uniforms,” said Fajfrowski. “The wardrobe, along with
staff hair and makeup, sets the stage for performance and captures the spirit
of the 50s and 60s cocktail environment—perfect for guests seeking a true
getaway.”

“We are very proud of the work that went into these apparel collections and
honored that they are being recognized by the NAUMD awards,” said Todd
McKeown, Vice President Global Hospitality and Gaming, Cintas. “The awards are
a testament to our team’s ability to create innovative, stylish apparel and
deliver workwear programs that meet our clients’ objectives. It is inspiring
to see our customers’ ideas develop into image programs that reflect their
unique brands.”

For more information about NAUMD or a complete list of IOY award winners,
visit www.naumd.com or call 516-393-5838. For more information about Cintas,
please visit www.cintas.com or www.cintas.com/uniform-work-apparel or call
1-800-UNIFORM.

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 cleaning and supplies, tile and carpet
cleaning, promotional products, first aid, safety, fire protection products
and services and document management services for more than 1 million
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.

Contact:

Mulberry Marketing Communications
Nicole DiVito, 312-664-1532
ndivito@mulberrymc.com
 
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