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Philadelphia Janitor Mops Up the 2017 Cintas Janitor of the Year Award

Ted Qualli Jr., a beloved janitor and U.S. veteran, takes home the custodial crown

Make way for the newest custodial celebrity! After a record breaking 898,220 votes in this nationwide contest, Cintas Corporation (NASDAQ: CTAS) today crowned Ted Qualli Jr. of Newtown Elementary in Philadelphia, the 2017 Janitor of the Year. Ted captured more than 40 percent of the vote and will receive a $5,000 cash prize. His school will also receive $5,000 in products and services from Cintas and Rubbermaid Commercial Products.

Ted does everything from the heart, whether he’s teaching students about his service to the country on Veteran’s Day or handing out vegetable seedlings grown in his home garden to every student each spring. It’s clear Ted is a friend and an inspiration in addition to being an excellent janitor.  In fact, students spontaneously break into chant, yelling “Qual-li! Qual-li!” any time Ted appears in a hallway or classroom.

“Ted is the glue that holds this school together and a role model to the entire community,” said Kevin King, Principal of Newtown Elementary. “Whether we have a student who’s concerned about monsters in the restrooms, kick balls stuck on the roof or a staff member with a flat tire, Ted is always there to help out.”

Nine contest runners up will also be awarded a $500 cash prize. They will also receive a $1,300 prize package from Rubbermaid consisting of cleaning tools and products to keep their schools in top shape.

“School janitors are the epitome of an everyday hero, going far beyond their requirements to provide students and staff with a clean and safe learning environment,” said Jillian Bauer, Assistant Marketing Manager, Cintas. “This contest is a way of shining a much needed spotlight on these hardworking heroes and giving them the recognition they deserve.”

“With nearly one million votes, this year’s outpouring of support shows the work of a janitor extends far beyond mopping and sweeping; reaching students, faculty and entire communities,” said Michael Halak, President, Rubbermaid Commercial Products. “We’re excited to award Ted and the nine finalists with this outstanding achievement and look forward to honoring many more janitors as this contest grows.”

For more information about the Janitor of the Year contest, visit www.cintas.com/JOTY.  

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, N.C., 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 www.rubbermaidcommercial.com.

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