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Albertville, Ala. Custodian Crowned 2020 Cintas Custodian of the Year


Cintas Corporation (NASDAQ:CTAS) crowned Howell Beasley of Albertville Kindergarten & Pre-K the 2020 Cintas Custodian of the Year®. Beasley will receive a $10,000 cash prize and his school will receive $5,000 in products and services from Cintas and Rubbermaid Commercial Products, along with a comprehensive training and development package from ISSA, The Worldwide Cleaning Industry Association, valued at $20,000.

"The Cintas Custodian of the Year contest shines a spotlight on hardworking custodians and gives them the recognition they deserve, which is especially important amid the COVID-19 pandemic," said Sean Mulcahey, Cintas marketing manager. "It's clear that Howell is a role model for these children and goes above and beyond to ensure students and staff always have a clean and safe learning environment."

Howell is an integral part of the Albertville Kindergarten & Pre-K community. His unwavering dedication and pride in his work has left a positive impact on students past and present for nearly 40 years. As the first person to always lend a helping hand, the Albertville Kindergarten & Pre-K community returned the favor by earning Howell nearly 30% of the votes to crown him the 2020 Cintas Custodian of the Year.

"Custodians are the heart and soul of every school, and it's important to recognize the hard work that goes into maintaining healthy schools," said Michael McDermott, president, Rubbermaid Commercial Products. "We're thrilled to recognize Howell and the finalists with this incredible achievement."

Each of the remaining nine finalists will receive a cash prize of $1,000 and free tuition to one ISSA Cleaning Management Institute (CMI) training event, valued at $1,500. Additionally, its Global Biorisk Advisory Council division will provide access to its Microbial Warrior™ Workshop for all 10 finalists. The workshop teaches cleaning professionals how to prepare for, respond to and recover from biohazards such as the novel coronavirus in the workplace.

"Custodians go the extra mile by maintaining a healthy environment for students and staff, especially throughout the COVID-19 pandemic," said John Barrett, executive director, ISSA. "They're on the frontlines ensuring that all schools are safe to return to, and we are honored to be a part of this contest to highlight Howell along with other custodians across the country."

Due to social distancing restrictions, Albertville Kindergarten & Pre-K found a creative way to announce the news to Mr. Howell (as he's lovingly known as around the school). Under the guise of a summer preparation and maintenance cleaning meeting, Howell was met by the principal and superintendent at the school and informed of the news with the faculty and staff watching via video conference.

For more information about the Cintas Custodian of the Year contest, visit

About Cintas:

Cintas Corporation helps more than one million 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 training and compliance courses, Cintas helps customers get Ready for the Workday®. Headquartered in Cincinnati, Cintas is a publicly held Fortune 500 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 is part of Newell Brands' global portfolio of leading brands and continues to develop innovative products. Visit

About ISSA:

With more than 9,300 members—including distributors, manufacturers, manufacturer representatives, wholesalers, building service contractors, in-house service providers, residential cleaners, and associated service members—ISSA is the world's leading trade association for the cleaning industry. The association is committed to changing the way the world views cleaning by providing its members with the business tools they need to promote cleaning as an investment in human health, the environment, and an improved bottom line. Headquartered in Northbrook, IL, USA, the association has regional offices in Mainz, Germany; Parramatta, Australia; Whitby, Canada; Seoul, South Korea; and Shanghai, China. Visit, join the discussion with ISSA's LinkedIn group, and follow ISSA on our Facebook page and Twitter account. For more information, visit, or call 800-225-4772 (North America) or 847-982-0800.

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