By Alyssa Dalton
January 11, 2013 – With less than two months left to enter, Cintas and Carhartt are still looking for this season’s toughest cold weather worker. Does this sound like you?
Dave is a bus mechanic that relies on Carhartt in the winter months to get children to school safely in -0º temperatures. Nancy from Wisconsin wears Carhartt while she does maintenance on outdoor industrial pipeline tanks. In Manitoba, Armand battles -50º wind chills to inspect power and gas lines, battling frostbite.
—These are some of the entries received during last year’s inaugural Cintas & Carhartt Cold Crew Contest.
The annual contest recognizes individuals in Canada and the U.S. who withstand the toughest winter working conditions. Entries will be accepted through February 28, at which time Cintas and Carhartt will select finalists and begin public voting at the contest website. The grand prize winner will be announced in April, and he or she will enjoy a trip for two to the 2013 CMA Music Festival in September.
CLICK HERE to register.
“Carhartt is synonymous with outerwear, so with colder months approaching, we are thrilled to re-launch the Cold Crew Contest,” said Brad Heizman, national director of Garment Strategy for Cintas. “Last year’s contest generated amazing stories from men and women who brave extremely brutal working conditions during the winter months, and we are looking forward to another opportunity to acknowledge them.”
The Cintas & Carhartt Cold Crew Contest was first launched in December 2011 in conjunction with the release of the Carhartt Rental Active Jacket, offered exclusively by Cintas Corporation as part of the Carhartt Rental Workwear line. Hundreds of entries were collected, and the public selected Brooke Boyer, a wastewater treatment plant supervisor from Mount Shasta, Calif., as the grand prize winner.
“Mount Shasta is at a high elevation, and when I’m on equipment 30 ft. in the air with icy wind blowing around, I can’t imagine not wearing Carhartt,” said Boyer (in second photo). “If only my employer had the Cintas rental program, we’d have fresh, durable Carhartt apparel to wear year-round. And to have them cleaned by someone else would be nice. When you’re in wastewater all day, you want to make sure your clothes are cleaned properly.”
Honourable mention to Trevor Pearce of Calgary, Alta., and Aaron Manning of Acheson, Alta., the only two finalists representing Canada in last year’s contest.
“We’re excited for round two of the Cintas & Carhartt Cold Crew Contest, a competition that truly highlights the hardworking spirit of men and women across the country and look forward to the continued success of our rental work wear partnership with Cintas,” continued Rick Fecowicz, director of Carhartt Licensing.
Photos courtesy Cintas and Carhartt.