Goodyear receives highest honor for employers in USA.
The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company has been named as the recipient of the 2016 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, US’ highest honor given to employers for exceptional support of Guard and Reserve employees.
Goodyear was one of 15 companies across the United States recognized and selected from more than 2,400 nominations submitted by guardsmen and reservists. Goodyear is the first company in the tire industry to receive the award, which was created in 1996.
“The extraordinary support Goodyear provides contributes greatly to the readiness and resilience of our guardsmen and reservists,” said Defense Secretary Ash Carter. “Their support allows those troops to serve our nation at home and abroad knowing their civilian careers are secure, and is vitally important to the success of our national security strategy.”
Goodyear was recognized for the honor based on its strong military support including: The company hired 1,000 Guard, Reserve and veteran employees from 2011-2014 and renewed that commitment in 2015; it supports members of the US Armed Forces and families through its annual “Support Our Troops” campaign; and its executive leadership supports the company’s military employee resource group.