Goodyear honored as military friendly employer

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Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. has been named a Top 100 Military Friendly Employer by G.I. Jobs magazine for the second year in a row.

The designation recognizes the company’s efforts to hire and support veteran employees.

More than 5,000 companies competed for the title. Companies were selected based on the results of a data-driven survey on veteran-related programs and policies, according to Goodyear.

“At Goodyear, we recognize the value that veterans bring to the workplace and we’re proud to employ many men and women who’ve bravely served our country,” says Gary VanderLind, Goodyear North America’s vice president of human resources.

Criteria for selection to the Top 100 list included the strength of company military recruiting efforts, the percentage of new hires with prior military service, retention programs, and company policies on National Guard and Reserve service.

Goodyear was also recognized for its 2012 commitment to hire 1,000 veterans over three years, which the company is on track to accomplish. Goodyear’s company profile, including open positions that are a fit for military personnel, can be found on

“The 2014 Military Friendly Employers represent the preeminent tier of companies with strong military recruitment programs and meaningful job opportunities for transitioning service members and spouses seeking civilian employment,” says Sean Collins, vice president for Victory Media and a nine-year Navy veteran.

Goodyear says it is the largest producer of military tires in the U.S. and has a longstanding history with the U.S. Armed Forces, with more than 100 years of commitment to building innovative and reliable equipment. The company also hosts events at U.S. military bases throughout the year, hires qualified veterans, and brings service men and women a chance to interact with race drivers and take rides on the Goodyear Blimp.

The company supports members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families through its annual “Goodyear Gives Back” campaign, which has generated more than $800,000 in donations for the Support Our Troops non-profit organization since its inception in 2010.

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