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Nominations are now being accepted for the eighth annual “America’s Best Restroom Award,” which is presented by Cincinnati-based Cintas Corporation.

Nominations can be submitted at www.bestrestroom.com through March 31, 2009.

The public is also invited to visit the America’s Best Restroom (ABR) YouTube Channel at www.youtube.com/user/BestRestroomAwards to post comments, view and share videos. Facebook subscribers can locate and join the fan site by typing “America’s Best Restroom Awards” into the search bar.

Up to 10 finalists will be announced in June, at which time the Internet public will be asked to cast their votes. The winner will be announced in August and receive the coveted ABR plaque of recognition from Cintas. The top five vote-getters will secure their place in the “America’s Best Restroom Hall of Fame” found at www.bestrestroom.com.

Cintas’ “America’s Best Restroom” contest is open to any non-residential restroom that is free of charge and open to employees, visitors or the general public. Nominators are not required to have a professional relationship with the business or staff that manages the facility, but personal experience is encouraged. Past champions have boasted breathtaking skyline views, unique décor and sparkling fixtures.

“There is no question that restroom hygiene plays a big role in determining customer satisfaction and repeat business," said Cintas Senior Marketing Manager Keith Hartman. Cintas created the “ABR Award” to honor businesses that combine good hygiene with functionality and exceptional style in their public restrooms. The contest has attracted tens of thousands of votes since its inception in 2002.

Previous winners have included restrooms at Notre Dame University; The Grand Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi; Kohler Art Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin; the Fort Smith, Arkansas Airport; Wendell’s Restaurant in Westerville, Ohio; Jungle Jim’s International Market in Fairfield, Ohio; and in 2008, Hermitage Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee.

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