Cintas Recognizes Excellence among School Janitors with Nationwide Contest

CINCINNATI--()--Do you know a school janitor who goes above and beyond each and every day for students and staff? Starting today, Cintas Corporation (NASDAQ: CTAS) is accepting nominations for its fourth annual Janitor of the Year contest which recognizes the best-of-the-best amongst school janitors and custodians. Nominations for the $10,000 prize package will be accepted online at through March 1, 2017.

Created to shine a spotlight on their hard work and dedication, the contest will award $5,000 to the winning janitor and $5,000 in Cintas and Rubbermaid® Commercial products and services to the winning janitor’s school. A $500 cash prize will be awarded to all additional top nine finalists.

“Imagine a school year with no winter or summer breaks and no summer vacation – that’s the life of school janitors and custodians,” said John Engel, Director of Marketing, Cintas. “Often the first to arrive and the last to leave, school janitors work tirelessly year-round to make sure the school environment is a clean and safe place for students, teachers and staff.”

After nearly 500,000 votes were tabulated following last year’s contest, Jerome Lewis of Crestline Elementary in Birmingham, Ala. was crowned the 2016 Janitor of the Year. Described by one student as “a breath of fresh air even when the day stinks,” Jerome captured the hearts of his community as well as nearly 30 percent of the votes.

Cintas’ Janitor of the Year contest is open to all elementary, middle, high school and university janitors and custodians who have worked at their school for at least two years. Nominations must be 500 words or less on why the nominee is deserving of the award.

As a premier sponsor in this year’s contest, Rubbermaid Commercial Products’ Divisional CEO Mike Halak said, “Rubbermaid Commercial Products is proud to partner with Cintas to recognize the Janitor of the Year. We know school janitors play a crucial role in providing a clean and safe environment for students, faculty, and visitors. RCP is committed to delivering solutions that make the cleaning process easier, safer and more efficient.”

The deadline for Janitor of the Year nominations is March 1, 2017. The top 10 finalists will be announced on March 15, at which time the public will be asked to vote for their favorite through April 14. The finalist receiving the most votes will be crowned Janitor of the Year.

For more information regarding the Janitor of the Year contest, please contact Jennifer Petersen at or 312-664-1532. A high-res Janitor of the Year logo is available via email or Dropbox at

About Cintas Corporation:

Cintas Corporation helps more than 900,000 businesses of all types and sizes get READY™ to open their doors with confidence every day by providing a wide range of products and services that enhance our customers’ image and help keep their facilities and employees clean, safe and looking their best. With products and services including uniforms, mats, mops, restroom supplies, first aid and safety products, fire extinguishers and testing, and safety and compliance training, Cintas helps customers get Ready for the Workday®. Headquartered in Cincinnati, Cintas is a publicly held company traded over the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the symbol CTAS and is a component of both the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index and Nasdaq-100 Index.

About Rubbermaid Commercial Products:

Rubbermaid Commercial Products (RCP), headquartered in Huntersville, NC., is a manufacturer of innovative, solution-based products for commercial and institutional markets worldwide. Since 1968, RCP has pioneered technologies and system solutions in the categories of food services, sanitary maintenance, waste handling, material transport, away-from-home washroom and safety products. RCP, an ISO 9001:2000 manufacturer, is part of Newell Rubbermaid’s global portfolio of leading brands and continues to develop innovative products. Visit


Mulberry Marketing Communications
Jennifer Petersen, 312-664-1532

Release Summary

Cintas kicks off its fourth annual Janitor of the Year contest to recognize the best-of-the-best amongst K-12 and university janitors and custodians. The contest will award a $10,000 prize package.


Mulberry Marketing Communications
Jennifer Petersen, 312-664-1532