AKRON (July 28, 2014) — Goodyear has reached its goal to hire 1,000 U.S. military veterans and is pledging to hire 1,000 more in the coming year.
Two years ago the tire maker made a commitment to hire 1,000 veterans over the course of three years, a goal it achieved a year early.
More than half of the vets hired are working at Goodyear Auto Service Centers and Goodyear Commercial Tire & Service Centers, Goodyear said, followed by jobs in manufacturing and various logistics and corporate roles.
“The response to Goodyear's military hiring initiative — both from veterans and the public — has been incredible,” said Gary VanderLind, Goodyear’s vice president of human resources.
“Thanks to our military recruiting efforts and the talent exhibited by veteran candidates, we’ve surpassed our initial goal more than a year early and are making an aggressive new pledge to hire 1,000 more veterans over the next year.”
Goodyear’s original commitment was announced in cooperation with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Hiring Our Heroes program — a nationwide initiative to help veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses find employment opportunities — and the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve.
The company has formed an employee veterans association to support workers’ transition to civilian life and enable internal networking opportunities.
“It is simply amazing what Goodyear has been able to do in only two years,” said Eric Eversole, vice president at the U.S. Chamber and executive director of Hiring Our Heroes.
For a Q&A with Goodyear's Gary VanderLind on the veterans' program, visit Crain's Cleveland Business.
"Thanks to industry leaders like Goodyear and the companies who have followed suit, we have seen real progress and momentum in the effort to get veterans back to work in America," he said. "There is still so much to be done on this issue, but Goodyear is setting a tremendous example by doubling down on their commitment.”
According to Mr. VanderLind, veterans, guardsmen and reservists looking to build a civilian career will find the Goodyear culture supportive of traditional military values, with a focus on delivering results. Goodyear associates are committed to building the highest quality products in a supportive team-based culture.
“The make-up of our workforce is changing rapidly and we’re seeking high quality talent that will help us meet the evolving needs of our customers and our company,” Mr. VanderLind said.
“We’ve found that veterans, guardsmen and reservists often demonstrate many of the skills we value: proven leadership, courageous decision making, effective problem solving and the technical skills that translate well to working in the tire industry.”
Goodyear has a wide variety of career opportunities across many areas of its business for which veterans would be ideally suited, including engineers, front-line managers, service technicians, and corporate roles in areas such as supply chain, procurement, finance, and human resources, the company said.
Anyone interested in employment with Goodyear should visit www.goodyear.com/careers for the latest job postings.
Goodyear’s relationship with the military dates back to World War I, when the company produced truck tires and airships for the war effort. Today, Goodyear is the largest producer of military tires in the U.S.