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Cintas & Carhartt Announce 2013 Cold Crew Winners

<p class='bwalignc'> <i>New Hampshire Arborist Foreman James Tatem Named Grand Prize Winner</i> </p>

Monday, April 29, 2013

Cintas & Carhartt Announce 2013 Cold Crew Winners

10:45 EDT Monday, April 29, 2013

CINCINNATI (Business Wire) -- Thousands of online votes have been tallied, and arborist foreman James Tatem from Hooksett, NH has been named the grand prize winner in the second annual Cintas & Carhartt Cold Crew contest. He will be sent on an all-expenses-paid trip for two to the CMA Music Festival June 6 – 9 in Nashville, TN.

Dave Bensette, a mail carrier from Tecumseh, Ontario, and Dawn Martin, a cattle rancher from Beulah, ND were named second and third place winners and will each receive $50 in Carhartt merchandise for their participation.

Cintas Corporation and Carhartt launched the second annual Cintas & Carhartt Cold Crew contest in September 2012 after the success of the previous year's competition. The contest targets workers in the U.S. and Canada whose jobs require them to endure tough conditions in cold temperatures. These individuals were encouraged to share their stories and photos and explain why Carhartt workwear is essential to their jobs.

“The durability and excellent strength of Carhartt products keep me warm through the New England winters,” says James. “Working outside in the elements can be tough, but with Carhartt, winter is my favorite season.”

Congratulations to the other Cold Crew finalists who competed this year:

  • Armand Cournoyer, an electrical inspector from Lorette, MB, Canada
  • Rebecca Barrett, a property management laborer from Negaunee, MI
  • Amanda Smith, a water and sewer superintendent from Winterport, ME
  • Paul Wright, a certified pump operator from Pineville, NC
  • Cynthia Gottwald, a mail carrier from Toronto, ON Canada
  • Tim Ahlstrom, a framing contractor from Arvada, CO

“This contest is a great reflection of the character of our companies,” says Brad Heizman, Director of Garment Strategy at Cintas Corporation. “Both Carhartt and Cintas are known for providing tough, durable products and quality, dependable service, and we want to recognize the workers who reflect those same characteristics.”

“On behalf of Carhartt, we'd like to congratulate James Tatem for his well-deserved win in addition to all of the other finalists of the 2013 Cold Crew contest,” said Rick Fecowicz, Director of Licensing at Carhartt. “This competition celebrates the values of hard-work and commitment. We at Carhartt hold these values and our consumers who wear our products in the highest regard – congratulations to all of our Cold Crew entrants and thank you for all that you do.”

More information about the winners and finalists, including their entry essays and photos, can be found at http://www.cintas.com/carharttcoldcrew/vote.

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 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 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 4,400 employees worldwide, Carhartt is privately owned and managed by the descendants of the company‘s founder, Hamilton Carhartt. For more information, visit www.carhartt.com.

About CMA Music Festival

Featuring concerts, autograph signings, family activities, and more, CMA Music Festival is the Ultimate Country Music Fan Experience – a four-day celebration of America's music. In 2012, the event drew a record-setting 71,000 fans from all 50 states and 24 nations and, for the third consecutive year, sold out in advance each night at LP Field for the star-packed Nightly Concerts. According to the Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau, direct visitor spending generated by the Festival totaled more than $31 million. CMA Music Festival is a four-time winner of the International Entertainment Buyers Association's LIVE! Award for Festival of the Year (2004, 2006, 2008, 2010). CMA Music Festival will once again be filmed for a national television special to air on the ABC Television Network. This is the 11th consecutive year that the event has been filmed for a network television special, a feat no other music festival has achieved. "CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock" will be executive-produced by Robert Deaton.

Rubin Communications Group
Rachael Keshishian, 757-456-5212
rachael@rubincommunications.com

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