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Cintas Kicks-off Nationwide Janitor of the Year Contest

CINCINNATI, OH – Often the first to arrive and the last to leave, school janitors work behind the scenes year-round to create a clean, safe and positive learning environment. To honor the best-of-the-best among school janitors, Cintas Corporation is accepting nominations for its annual Janitor of the Year contest which honors the best-of-the-best amongst U.S. school janitors. Nominations will be accepted online at through March 1.

Created to shine a spotlight on janitors who often receive little recognition for their hard work and dedication, the contest will award $5,000 to the winning janitor and $5,000 in Cintas and Rubbermaid products and services to his or her school. A $500 cash prize will be awarded to an additional top nine finalists.

“Janitors are often the heart of the school and as much a part of the school experience as teachers and students,” says John Engel, senior marketing manager, Cintas. “We want to highlight the important work janitors do in not only improving the well-being of students and staff, but in getting students and staff ready for their days by creating a clean and safe place for our children to learn.”

After nearly 100,000 votes were tabulated following last year’s contest, Sherry Albright of Trine University in Angola, IN, was crowned the 2015 Janitor of the Year. Albright accepted her award during a campus-wide parade complete with a marching band, police cars, cheerleaders, a housekeeper drill cart line and a community-wide ice cream social.

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

As a premier sponsor in this year’s contest, Rubbermaid Commercial Products’ President Neil Eibeler had this to say: “Rubbermaid Commercial Products is proud to partner with Cintas in showcasing the Janitor of the Year. We realize how important their hard work is to our communities and we are committed to providing innovative solutions that make their jobs easier and safer.”

The top 10 finalists will be announced on March 15, at which time the public will be asked to vote for their favorite janitor. The janitor receiving the most votes will be crowned Janitor of the Year. Voting will be open until April 15.

For more information regarding the Janitor of the Year contest, please contact Jennifer Petersen at or 312/664-1532.

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.

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.

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