|Founded||1929(as Acme Industrial Laundry Company)|
|Founders||Richard (Doc) Farmer|
Number of employees
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Cintas Corporation (//) is an American corporation headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, which provides a range of products and services to businesses including uniforms, mats, mops, cleaning and restroom supplies, first aid and safety products, fire extinguishers and testing, and safety courses. 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.
Early company years
Cintas Corporation began in 1929 as the Acme Industrial Laundry Company by Richard (Doc) Farmer and Amelia Farmer. They collected old, used rags from factories, laundered them, and sold them back to businesses. In the early 1940s, Doc’s son Hershell, took over and replaced the old rags with shop towels, becoming a service company. By then, the company’s name had changed to Acme Wiper and Industrial Laundry.
Herschell’s son, Richard "Dick" Farmer, joined the family business in 1957 after graduating from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Acme had just 12 employees at the time. In 1959, Hershel handed the business over to Dick, allowing him to expand into uniform rental. The company became Acme Uniform and Towel Supply in 1964. Dick worked with Celanese Corporation, Graniteville, and Redkap to develop a 65/35 Polycotton fabric blend. In 1968, Dick Farmer founded the Satellite Corporation. He opened the first location in Cleveland and the companies merged in 1970. In 1972, the company changed its name to Cintas and then went public in 1983.
Cintas expanded its uniform services into Canada with the acquisition of Cadet Uniform Service Ltd in 1995. Bob Kohlhepp became CEO in 1996, while Dick Farmer became Chairman of the Board. In 1997, Cintas entered the First Aid & Safety business. In July 1998, Dick Farmer's son Scott Farmer, who has been employed at the company since 1981, became president and chief operating officer.
2000s to present
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Another investigation involved the March 2007 death of a Tulsa, Oklahoma employee. Both unions and several Members of Congress called for stricter health and safety standards at Cintas laundry facilities.
In 2015, Cintas acquired Zee Medical from McKesson Corporation for approximately $130 million.
In 2016, CEO Scott Farmer became chairman of the board.
In 2017, Cintas made their largest acquisition with G&K Services for $2.2 billion.
Cintas has been included on the Fortune 500 list three years in a row, in 2018, 2019 and 2020.
Products and Services
The company offers uniforms for rental and direct purchase, restroom and chemical supplies, mats, microfiber towels, mops, disinfectant sprays, and hand sanitizer. The company also sells first aid supplies, personal protection equipment (PPE), AEDs, training and compliance courses, eyewash stations, and water coolers to businesses. Cintas also repairs fire extinguishers. Part of Cintas' response to the COVID-19 pandemic has involved an increase in cleaning products and services, hand sanitizer, and personal-protective equipment and services.
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