Less than two weeks left to vote in the Are You Carhartt Tough contest

Two Electricians Need Votes at www.CarharttRental.com

Cincinnati, February 16, 2011—Less than two weeks of voting remain before the toughest of the tough are announced as winners of the national Are You Carhartt Tough? contest at http://www.CarharttRental.com, and two electricians are in the running.

Jonathan Backus, who is currently in the top three out of the 12 finalists in the running, is a lineman from Hampton, Va. Jonathan is the epitome of strength, both personally and professionally. He works in dangerous, high-voltage conditions in all types of weather to keep power up and running. From climbing wood poles with gaffs or steel towers upwards of 300 feet tall, to working on energized lines reaching 34,500 volts, Jonathan is “Carhartt tough!”

Finalists Joanna Davis is from Minot, ND but spends many months out of the year working as an electrician in Antarctica. Working in the coldest, driest, windiest places makes fighting the weather a full time job. “Carhartt gear is what gets me through the nasty weathers in the winter and volcanic rocks in the summer,” said Davis.

The other two finalists in the top three (in no particular order) are: Steve Nicholson, a firefighter from Quincy, Calif.; and Bubba Peters, a tow truck driver from Seattle, Wash.

Finalists’ standings have changed many times during the first two weeks of voting, so there are no guarantees that any of the participants mentioned above will win. All 12 finalists still have a chance, but it will require the support of their communities and industries participating in the voting process.

Cintas Corp. launched the Are You Carhartt Tough? last February and has generated hundreds of nominations. Each of the 12 quarterly finalists will be featured on the contest’s web site where the public will be encouraged to vote. Two grand prize winners will be chosen based on public votes.

The contest was created in conjunction with a new partnership between Carhartt, the nation’s leading manufacturer of premium work wear for over 120 years, and Cintas Corp. (Nasdaq:CTAS), North America’s largest uniform supplier, and the roll-out of the new Carhartt Rental Workwear line, which is available exclusively through Cintas (www.cintas.com/carhartt).

“This contest is really a reflection of our companies,” said Chuck Helmes, director of garment strategy at Cintas Corp. “Both Carhartt and Cintas are known for providing tough products and dependable service, and we want to celebrate workers who reflect those same characteristics.”

With Ducks Unlimited acting as media sponsor, contest organizers have reached out to the American workforce to identify people who are strong, dependable, resilient and rugged. The two grand prizes include a weekend duck hunt trip designed by Ducks Unlimited or a trip for two to The STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series in 2011.

The other eight finalists in the running are:

- Peter Lindbeck, a heavy equipment operator from Brownsville, Wis.,
- Gabe Butler, a navy deep sea diver from Coranado, Calif.,
- John Irish, a truck driver and roofer from West Allis, Wis.,
- Elizabeth “EJ” Robertson, a laborer/journeyman from Peoria, Ill.,
- Matthew Clark, a snowmaker from Boalsburg, Pa.,
- Tim Zweber, a dairy farmer from Elko, Minn.,
- Cori Dixon, a pig farmer from Kutztown, Pa., and
- David Huskins, a field technician from Denver, Colo.

More information about these finalists, including their entry essays and high-resolution, downloadable photos, can be found at http://www.cintas.com/customer_applications/CarharttRental/images.asp.

“This is a great way for two well-respected work wear brands to showcase the men and women behind some of the toughest jobs out there,” said Steve Carter, vice president of corporate sales for Carhartt. “Our customers work hard and play hard, and these are two fabulous prizes that we look forward to presenting to our top two finalists.”

About Cintas
Headquartered in Cincinnati, Cintas Corp. 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 800,000 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 3,500 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 Ducks Unlimited

With the help of over one milling supporters, Ducks Unlimited works on the ground to restore, manage and conserve habitats that benefit wildlife and people. Learn more at http://www.ducks.org.

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