Cincinnati, OH – Cattle rancher Dawn Martin from Beulah, ND is one of nine finalists in the 2nd Annual Cintas & Carhartt Cold Crew contest. Voting will take place through March 31 at the official contest website and one grand prize winner will be selected based on the public’s votes.

During calving season, Dawn bundles up in her Carhartt gear every two hours to check on her cattle in freezing temperatures, bringing newborn calves into the barn immediately after they are born. On top of her cattle, Dawn also cares for more than 900 other animals on her ranch in North Dakota. “Ranching is a tough way of life, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything,” says Dawn.

Cintas Corporation and Carhartt launched the Cintas & Carhartt Cold Crew contest in September 2012 following this success of the previous year’s contest. The contest targets workers in the U.S. and Canada whose jobs require them to withstand tough conditions in cold temperatures. These individuals were encouraged to share their stories and photos and explain why Carhartt workwear is essential to their jobs.

“This contest is a great reflection of the character of our companies,” says Brad Heizman, Director of Garment Strategy at Cintas Corporation. “Both Carhartt and Cintas are known for providing tough, durable products and quality, dependable service, and we want to recognize the workers who reflect those same characteristics.” 

The Cintas & Carhartt Cold Crew grand prize winner will receive an all-expenses-paid trip for two to the 2013 CMA Music Festival from June 6-9 in Nashville, TN.

The other eight finalists are:

  • Armand Cournoyer, an electrical inspector from Lorette, MB, Canada
  • James Tatem, a arborist foreman from Hooksett, NH
  • Rebecca Barrett, a property management laborer from Neguanee, MI
  • Amanda Smith, a water and sewer superintendent from Winterport, ME
  • Paul Wright, a certified pump operator from Pineville, NC
  • Dave Bensette, a mailman from Tecumseh, ON Canada
  • Cynthia Gottwald, a mail carrier from Toronto, ON Canada
  • Tim Ahlstrom, a framing contractor from Arvada, CO

”We’re excited for the voting round of the Cintas & Carhartt Cold Crew contest, a competition that truly highlights the hardworking spirit of men and women across the country, and we look forward to the continued success of our rental work wear partnership with Cintas,” said Rick Fecowicz, director of Carhartt Licensing.