Goodyear reaches military employment target early, makes new pledge

Two years ago, Goodyear Tire & Rubber said it would hire 1,000 United States ex-military personnel over the coming three years. Today, the company announced it surpassed this goal more than a year early, and has pledged to hire an additional 1,000 veterans. The company has also formed an employee veterans association, which is devoted to supporting the transition to civilian life and enabling internal networking opportunities.

“The response to Goodyear’s military hiring initiative – both from veterans and the public – has been incredible,” said Gary VanderLind, vice-president of human resources, Goodyear North America. “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.”

VanderLind added: “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. 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 tyre industry.”

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