Company Timeline

1929 Acme Wiper and Industrial Laundry is founded by Richard "Doc" Farmer, father of Hershell M. Farmer and grandfather of Richard T. "Dick" Farmer, current chairman.

1959 Hershell M. Farmer transfers operation of the company to Dick Farmer, who recently graduated from college.

1962 Acme changes its name to Acme Uniform & Towel Supply to reflect the uniform rental growth segment.

1966 Acme has annual revenues of approximately $1.8 million.

1968 Satellite Corp. is formed to provide a centralized administrative and distribution system, and to develop smaller uniform plants in every major American city.

1973 Satellite acquires Acme Uniform & Linen and becomes "Cintas."

According to Cintas Chairman Dick Farmer, in his book, "Rags to Riches," the name "Cintas" was chosen in 1973. An advertising agency had been hired to come up with a name to take the company into the future. "We didn't like any of them. We were courteous about it, but we just didn't like them," Dick wrote. Dick, Vice Chairman Bob Kohlhepp, and former marketing partner Nick Curtis later met among themselves about names they liked. Nick doodled "C-I-N-T-A-S" on the back of a cocktail napkin. It was a hit. And the next day, the company’s named changed from Satellite Corp. to Cintas.

1983 Cintas stock becomes publicly traded on the Nasdaq stock exchange.

1995 Cintas acquires Cadet Uniform Services Ltd. and expands into Canada.

1996 Cintas begins a planned diversification program and introduces the Floor Mat Service, its first new service.

1997 First Aid & Safety Service introduced.

1998 Cintas acquires Chicago-based Uniforms To You, the largest designer, manufacturer and seller of uniforms to the hospitality, food, airline, gaming and cruise line industries.

1999 Cintas acquires Kansas City-based Unitog Co. and becomes North America's largest uniform rental company.

2000 Cintas is first listed among "America's Most Admired Companies" by FORTUNE magazine and remained on the list through fiscal 2007.

2001 Cintas gross revenues exceed $2 billion.

2002 Restroom Supply Service introduced.

2003 Document Management Service and Fire Protection Service introduced.

2004 Cintas changes the corporate tag line from "The Uniform People" to "The Service Professionals" to signify that Cintas offers much more than uniforms. Most customers use Cintas services other than uniforms.

2005 Cintas gross revenues exceed $3 billion.

2007 With more than 400 locations, 34,000 employee-partners and 800,000 customers, Cintas is well positioned to provide services to every business in North America.

2008 Cintas established its presence in Europe with the acquisition of a document management operation in The Netherlands, and opened a sales & service office in Hong Kong and Macau. The company reported revenues of $3.9 billion.