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Cintas Corporation
Traded as
ISINUS1729081059 Edit this on Wikidata
Founded1929; 91 years ago (1929) (as Acme Industrial Laundry Company)
1972 (1972) (as Cintas)
HeadquartersCincinnati, Ohio, U.S.
Key people
Richard Farmer, Chairman Emeritus; Scott Farmer, CEO and Chairman; Todd Schneider President & COO; Bill Cronin, President Rental Division
  • Increase US$4.905 billion (2016)[1]
  • Increase US$4.476 billion (2015)[1]
  • Increase US$781.75 million (2016)[1]
  • Increase US$701.36 million (2015)[1]
  • Increase US$693.52 million (2016)[1]
  • Increase US$430.62 million (2015)[1]
Total assets
  • Decrease US$4.098 billion (2016)[2]
  • Decrease US$4.192 billion (2015)[1]
Total equity
  • Decrease US$1.842 billion (2016)[1]
  • Decrease US$1.932 billion (2015)[1]
Number of employees
45,000[3] (2017)
Cintas delivery truck, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Cintas Corporation (/ˈsɪntəs/) is an American company with headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio, that provides specialized services to businesses, primarily in North America. The firm 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, and fire protection products and services.[4] Cintas is a publicly held company traded on the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the symbol CTAS and is a component of the Standard & Poor's 500 Index.

The company is one of the largest in the industry with 35,000 employees in 2017. Revenue in fiscal year 2016 was $4.905 billion and net income was $693.52 million.[4] Fortune in the United States, named Cintas among its "Most Admired Companies" for eight consecutive years,[5] and Report on Business Magazine named the company one of Canada's Best Employers.[6]

Cintas has been featured on episodes of the reality television series Bar Rescue[7] and Hotel Impossible.[8]


Cintas Corporation began in 1929 as the Acme Industrial Laundry Company by Richard (Doc) Farmer. He collected chemical-soaked rags from factories and washed and returned them to customers for a fee. In the early 1940s, rags were replaced by shop towels—which are uniform in size and shape and much more absorbent than old rags—and tablecloths. By then, the company’s name had changed to Acme Wiper and Industrial Laundry.[citation needed]

His grandson, Richard T. (Dick) Farmer, joined the family business in 1956 after graduating from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Acme had just 15 employees at the time. Dick Farmer helped uniform rental sales increase from $300,000 in 1959 to $847,000 in 1963. He then put together a business plan to open small uniform rental plants all over the United States. The first opened in Cleveland in October 1968. In 1972, the company changed its name to Cintas and then went public in 1983.[citation needed]

Farmer also tried products that were new at the time, such as fabrics that resisted wrinkles and stains, to grow the company to an almost 30 percent market share in uniforms. Cintas' recent[when?] growth has been primarily through its acquisition of more than 220 companies, eliminating overheads and cutting costs. Since its inception, Cintas has bought itself into markets such as first aid and safety, fire protection, facility services, and tile and carpet cleaning.[citation needed]

In 2015, Cintas acquired Zee Medical from McKesson Corporation for approximately $130 million.[9] In 2016, Cintas acquired G&K Services for $2.2 billion.[10]

Cintas CEO Scott Farmer in 2018

The company is valued at US$12.97 billion (2017).[citation needed]


As of 2020 uniform rental and service of facilities comprises around 80% of the revenue.[11]


In 2003, UNITE HERE and the International Brotherhood of the Teamsters have been engaged in a campaign against Cintas, alleging unfair labor practices. Unite obtained license numbers of Cintas workers in Pennsylvania, to contact them at home and has since been ordered to pay the workers $2,500 each. The ruling was subsequently upheld by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.[12] Following the death of a Tulsa, Oklahoma, worker in March 2007, both unions and several Members of Congress called for stricter health and safety standards at the company's laundries.[13][14] In May 2007, Cintas hired a Washington, D.C.-based lobbying firm, the Podesta Group, to manage their relations with Congress.[15]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "CINTAS CORP 2013 Annual Report Form (10-K)" (XBRL). United States Securities and Exchange Commission. July 30, 2013.
  2. ^ "CINTAS CORP 2014 Q3 Quarterly Report Form (10-Q)" (XBRL). United States Securities and Exchange Commission. April 9, 2014.
  3. ^ ZOOMINFO.COM Retrieved January 7, 2020. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ a b "The Service Professionals". Cintas. Retrieved July 8, 2016.
  5. ^ "Page Not Found". Retrieved November 16, 2017.
  6. ^ "Page Not Found". Retrieved November 16, 2017.
  7. ^ "ISSA › The Worldwide Cleaning Industry Association". Retrieved July 8, 2016.
  8. ^ "TV 'hotel fixer' endorses Cintas", Cincinnati Enquirer, November 30, 2012, archived from the original December 14, 2014.
  9. ^ "Cintas Corporation Announces Agreement to Purchase ZEE Medical". Business Wire. Retrieved January 24, 2019.
  10. ^ "G&K Services Announces Agreement to Be Acquired by Cintas in $2.2 Billion All-Cash Transaction". Business Wire.
  11. ^ Sharma, Asit (December 24, 2019). "Cintas Is Making Progress in Three Vital Areas". The Motley Fool. Retrieved January 18, 2020.
  12. ^ "High court upholds ruling in Cintas case". April 7, 2009. Archived from the original on October 9, 2012.
  13. ^ Sewell, Dan (March 17, 2007). "Federal court: Cintas policy violated rights". The Cincinnati Post (Associated Press). E. W. Scripps Company. Archived from the original on March 25, 2007.
  14. ^ "House Leaders Want Cintas Inquiry". September 28, 2007.
  15. ^ FSM - The Source for Workplace Safety Archived July 11, 2011, at the Wayback Machine

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