AKRON— Goodyear has been named a Top 100 Military Friendly Employer by G.I. Jobs magazine.
Goodyear said this is the second consecutive year the Akron-based tire manufacturer has received the designation, which recognizes the company's efforts to hire and support veteran employees. More than 5,000 companies competed for the title of Military Friendly Employer.
"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," said Gary VanderLind, Goodyear North America's vice president of human resources.
Goodyear said the 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.
The company also was recognized for its 2012 commitment to hire 1,000 veterans over three years, which it is on track to accomplish. Goodyear's company profile, including open positions that are a fit for military personnel, can be found here.
"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," said Sean Collins, vice president for Victory Media and a nine-year Navy veteran. (G.I. Jobs is not affiliated with the U.S. military.)
"Our Military Friendly Employers constitute the group of companies actually moving the needle and hiring from the military community."
Goodyear said it also 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 201