Carhartt, Dearborn, Mich., and Cintas, Cincinnati, are searching for North America’s toughest workers. In conjunction with the roll-out of a new product line from the two companies, the Are You Carhartt Tough? contest is seeking American workers that represent strength, dependability, resilience, and ruggedness. Each quarter, starting April 30, three finalists will be announced. After a year, the 12 finalists will appear on the contest Web site to encourage votes for the toughest worker. Two grand prize winners will receive either a weekend duck hunt trip designed by Ducks Unlimited or a trip to The STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series in 2011.

Interested in entering? Contestants can register at, where you can submit a short essay and photograph.