Kentucky Whiskey Warehouse Builders Named Winners of the 2015 Cintas & Carhartt Tough Crew Contest

Charles Miles and his team will receive $2,500* in workwear.

Charles "Chuck" Miles and his crew of whiskey warehouse carpenters from Kentucky are winners of the 2015 Cintas & Carhartt Tough Crew Contest. (Photo: Business Wire)

BARDSTOWN, Ky.--()--Thousands of votes have been tallied, and the winner of the 2015 Cintas & Carhartt Tough Crew Contest is Charles Miles and his construction crew from Bardstown (outside Louisville), KY. Charles will receive $2,500 in credit to outfit his team in Carhartt.

In his entry, Charles described his crew as hard workers who build whiskey warehouses throughout Kentucky for some very well known brands.

The second and third place winning crews – nominated by Ric Hawkins, an electric foreman from Orosi, CA and Jodi Tillinghast, an electrician on the new light rail project in Portland, OR – will each receive $100 Carhartt gift cards.

The other 2015 Cintas & Carhartt Tough Crew finalist nominees were:

  • Anjanet Banuelos, a bellman with a crane operations crew from Portland, OR
  • Blake Bornstein from Hammond, WI, who spends summers working with a commercial fishing crew in Kenai, AK
  • Tina DeSandre and her commercial HVAC team from Detroit, MI
  • James Falandes and his locomotive engineering crew from North Adams, MA
  • Ryan Jacobs and his landscaping crew from McSherrystown, PA
  • David King, a member of a rig welding crew from Houston, TX
  • Michael Knott and his team of bridge builders from New Palestine, IN
  • Waylon Marr, a railway carman and his crew from Lincoln, NE
  • Andrea Townsley-Sapp, and her crew of conservation aids from Forest Hill, MD

More finalist information, including entry essays and photos, can be found here.

The Cintas & Carhartt Tough Crew Contest, which launched in 2014, encourages individuals to share how their crews “Outwork Them All®” and explain why they rely on Carhartt, a brand designed for hardworking people, to help them get the job done.

For the past four years, Cintas and Carhartt have partnered to recognize individuals who withstand tough working conditions.

“This year, we took a slightly different approach and recognized hard-working crews throughout the U.S. and Canada,” says John Rudy, senior marketing and strategy manager for Cintas Corporation, North America’s largest uniform supplier. “We gathered some great stories from dedicated, diligent groups of men and women working in all types of industries, and we look forward to launching the contest again in the fall.”

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.

“Hard work often goes unrewarded and we think that this competition really gives men and women working in these tough industries a platform to showcase the hard work they do as a team,” said Tony Ambroza, senior vice president of marketing at Carhartt. “Congratulations to Charles Miles and his construction crew for ‘Outworking Them All’ as the official winners of the 2015 Cintas & Carhartt Tough Crew Contest.”

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 5,100 employees worldwide, Carhartt is family-owned and managed by the descendants of the company’s founder, Hamilton Carhartt. For more information, visit


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Charles "Chuck" Miles and his crew of whiskey warehouse carpenters from Bardstown, KY have been named winners of the 2015 Cintas & Carhartt Tough Crew Contest.


Rubin Communications Group
Ashley Martin, 757-456-5212