Goodyear Recognized for Commitment to U.S. Military Ahead
of Veterans Day Weekend
• Goodyear named a Top 100 Military Friendly Employer
by G.I. Jobs for the first year
• "Goodyear Gives Back" program announces more than
$310,000 raised for the Support Our Troops non-profit
• Goodyear's fleet of blimps will provide aerial
coverage for three military-themed college basketball
games, played from the decks of aircraft carriers on Nov. 9
AKRON, Ohio, Nov. 8, 2012 - As a further reflection of its
decades of military support, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber
Company has been recognized for its dedication to the men
and women of the U.S. Armed Forces through its veteran
hiring and support initiatives, and extensive fund-raising
Goodyear announced today that it has been designated a 2013
Top 100 Military Friendly Employer by G.I. Jobs magazine,
in recognition of the company's efforts to hire and support
veteran employees. This marks the first year Goodyear has
been included in the list, which was compiled from a
data-driven survey sample of 5,000 companies whose annual
revenues exceeded $500 million.
"Goodyear has a longstanding relationship with the United
States military, and we're dedicated to providing a great
workplace for the men and women who've proudly served our
country," said Steve McClellan, President of Goodyear's
North American Tire business. "It's a great honor to have
our efforts recognized by G.I. Jobs, and to be named a Top
100 Military Friendly Employer."
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 recognized for its support of military
veterans and National Guard and Reserve members, as well as
its July 2012 commitment to hire 1,000 veterans over the
next three years. The company's profile, including open
positions that are a fit for military personnel, can be
found on MilitaryFriendly.com.
G.I. Jobs will announce the complete 2013 list of Top 100
Military Friendly Employers on Friday, Nov. 9 from the deck
of the USS Yorktown in Mt. Pleasant, SC-the scene of this
year's second annual Carrier Classic college basketball
game. One of Goodyear's iconic blimps, the Ohio-based
Spirit of Goodyear, will be flying above the aircraft
carrier during the announcement to provide aerial coverage
of the event.
The rest of Goodyear's blimp fleet will also support
similar events over the weekend. The California-based
Spirit of America will cover the "Battle on the Midway"
game aboard the USS Midway in San Diego, Calif., while the
Florida-based Spirit of Innovation will cover the
Navy-Marine Corps Classic played on the deck of the USS
Bataan in Jacksonville, Fla. In addition to providing
aerial coverage for each game, Goodyear will be offering
blimp rides to military personnel.
As Veterans Day approaches, Goodyear was also recognized by
the Support Our Troops organization for its support during
the 2012 "Goodyear Gives Back" campaign-a fund-raising
effort designed to generate awareness and support for
members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families. Over
the course of this year's program, which ran through July
and August, Goodyear raised more than $310,000 for Support
"For the past three years, Goodyear has played an integral
role in our efforts to raise awareness and has generated
more than $700,000 in donations to help impact the lives of
U.S. Armed Forces and their families," said Martin C.
Boire, executive director of Support Our Troops. "We
appreciate all that Goodyear has done to show its support
for our service men and women."
Goodyear, the largest producer of military tires in the
U.S., has a longstanding history with the U.S. Armed
Forces, with more than 100 years of commitment to building
innovative and reliable equipment to support and protect
our troops. Goodyear's commitment extends beyond products
and charitable donations; priding itself on hosting events
at U.S. military bases throughout the year, hiring
qualified veterans as part of its workforce, and bringing
service men and women a chance to interact with race
drivers and take rides on the Goodyear Blimp.
Goodyear is one of the world's largest tire
companies. It employs about 71,000 people and
manufactures its products in 53 facilities in 22 countries
around the world. Its two Innovation Centers in
Akron, Ohio and Colmar-Berg, Luxembourg strive to develop
state-of-the-art products and services that set the
technology and performance standard for the industry.www.goodyear.com/corporate.