The first to arrive and one of the last to leave, Reno resident
Patrick Peterson voted top janitor in nationwide contest
The polls have closed and the nearly 100,000 votes have been tabulated. Cintas
Corporation (NASDAQ:CTAS), today announced Patrick Peterson of
North Valleys High School (NVHS) in Reno, Nevada, as the winner of its
2013 Janitor of the Year contest. Peterson will receive a $2,500 cash
prize and an additional $2,500 in Cintas products and services for his
During his three years at the school, Peterson has made an immediate
impact on the NVHS community. He's the first to arrive every
day—sometimes as early as 4 a.m. — and is always ready to do whatever it
takes to keep the facilities in sparkling condition. As an at-risk
school, NVHS's facilities had been neglected until his hire. Petersen
has identified creative solutions to keep the facilities clean. For
example, he's repainted walls and carpeted floors in school colors to
provide an atmosphere in which students, teachers and administrators can
take pride. His efforts to improve school cleanliness also have a direct
impact on improving indoor air quality, which contributes to a positive
"I am humbled and honored to even been nominated much less chosen as
Janitor of the Year," said Peterson. "It is truly a team effort. North
Valleys HS is a community of its own and I'm honored to be a part of the
North Valleys family."
Peterson will be presented with the award during a special ceremony held
this morning at the NVHS auditorium.
While Peterson will receive the grand prize, the nine runners up for the
award will not walk away empty handed. Each finalist will receive more
than $1,000 in supplies for his or her school from Rubbermaid Commercial
Products and $250 in gift certificates from Cintas, which include
options for Carhartt outerwear and facility service supplies.
"We were blown away by the response we received from this competition,"
said Dave Mesko, Senior Director of Marketing and Strategy, Cintas.
"Kids and parents really rallied behind their janitors and encouraged
friends and family to vote. It shows how these janitors go above and
beyond their duties of keeping the school clean and the invaluable role
they play in the school community."
A total of 94,562 votes were cast in this year's contest, with Grady
Harris from Wyoming, Ohio, and Arthur Moore of Thomaston, Georgia,
coming in second and third place respectively.
"We would like to thank Rubbermaid, U.S. Communities and the other
supporting businesses that have helped us make this competition a
success," added Mesko. "We look forward to hearing the stories and
celebrating the amazing work janitors do across the nation as we
continue this contest in the future."
For more information on Cintas Corporation, visit www.cintas.com.
For information on its cleaning solutions for schools, go to http://cintas.com/FacilityServices/.
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 and document management
services for more than 1 million businesses. Cintas is a publicly held
company traded over the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the symbol
CTAS and is a component of the Standard & Poor's 500 Index.
Source: Cintas Corporation