Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. said Friday that it plans to hire 1,000 veterans over the next three years through a partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Hiring Our Heroes program.
The Akron tire maker’s effort will be counted toward the Chamber’s goal of getting 500,000 veterans and military spouses hired by the end of 2014.
Steve McClellan, president of Goodyear’s North American tire unit, discussed Goodyear’s hiring commitment at a news conference Friday at the company’s headquarters on East Market Street.
Goodyear spokesman Chris Curran said in an interview that Goodyear’s hiring of veterans “could be here in Akron, it could be at any of our U.S. retail stores or it could be at any or our U.S. manufacturing facilities.”
Curran said the company looks to hire veterans “because they often demonstrate proven leadership skills, dependability and have a strong work ethic.”
The spokesman said many veterans “also possess the technical skills and abilities that translate well to working in the tire industry.”
Curran said the company currently is filling jobs that “veterans could ideally be suited for,” including positions in engineering, department and retail store management and supply-chain, procurement, finance and human resources.”
Goodyear has about 27,000 employees in the United States, including roughly 3,000 in Akron.
James Rebholz, with the Department of Defense, also spoke at Friday’s event. He is the national chairman of department’s Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve.
“Supportive employers like Goodyear are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of the nation’s Guard and Reserve units,” Rebholz said in a prepared statement.