Akron-based Goodyear named a 'Top 100 Military Friendly Employer'

AKRON, Ohio - For the second year in a row The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company has been named a Top 100 Military Friendly Company by G.I. Jobs magazine.

More than 5,000 companies competed for the title of Military Friendly Employer, according to a statement released by the Akron-base company.

"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 was also recognized for its 2012 commitment to hire 1,000 veterans over three years . The company say it's already more than halfway to that goal and now employs more than 1,700 veterans in North America.

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 building equipment to support and protect troops.

The company also supports military members and their families through the 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 2010.

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