READING, Pa., May 14, 2015 — Penske Truck Leasing and Penske Logistics have committed to hiring several hundred U.S. military veterans and their spouses into their workforce over the next several years as part of the Hiring Our Heroes program.
"Penske is experiencing strong growth in 2015 and we are actively hiring truck drivers and diesel engine technicians across North America," stated Jen Sockel, Penske Senior Vice President of Human Resources.
"We are also looking to fill key leadership and support roles in logistics operations," she said. "We've had continuous success hiring veterans and their spouses onto our team and we value their experience, training and dedication to excellence in supporting our customers."
Penske Truck Leasing and Penske Logistics are on the Victory Media 2015 Top 100 Military-Friendly Employer list, the publisher of G.I. Jobs and Military Spouse magazines. In 2014, 13 percent of new hires were veterans. The company has been honored by the Department of Defense's Employer of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) with the Seven Seals, Above and Beyond and Patriot awards.
"We are thrilled Penske has increased their commitment to hire more veterans," said Eric Eversole, Vice President at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and President of Hiring Our Heroes. "The trucking industry provides great opportunities for our nation's veterans, and we look forward to connecting Penske with talented veterans and transitioning service members."
As part of Penske's commitment to the Hiring Our Heroes program, Penske has committed to a sponsorship of the Trucking Track Mentoring Program. This program was established to address the industry's need for skills developed from all military backgrounds to fill over 300,000 open positions.
The Trucking Track Mentoring Program is supported by FASTPORT to assist the company with its online hiring process. This commitment assures that Penske is providing information on the industry, the company and available jobs.
"Penske offers terrific career opportunities for our veterans starting in key roles like truck maintenance technicians and supervisors, truck drivers and in various logistics operations roles," said Bill McLennan, CEO of FASTPORT. "We are delighted to be partnered with Penske to help them find that great veteran talent."
Hiring Our Heroes is a nationwide initiative to help veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses find meaningful employment. Working with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's vast network of state and local chambers and other strategic partners from the public, private and nonprofit sectors, Hiring Our Heroes has helped hundreds of thousands of veterans and military spouses find meaningful employment through more than 870 job fairs in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia, and Germany; a suite of free online career-based resources; and the Hiring 500,000 Heroes campaign.
FASTPORT was founded in 2010 by trucking company owners to help solve the Trucking Industry's recruiting and hiring problems. FASTPORT invented JobMaps — user-friendly software to aid the job searching and hiring process, providing better careers for drivers and growth for carriers. FASTPORT's non-commercial division is uniting the Industry's effort to educate, hire and inspire military veterans through its Trucking Track initiative in partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Hiring Our Heroes Foundation.
Penske Truck Leasing Co., L.P., headquartered in Reading, Pennsylvania, is a partnership of Penske Corporation, Penske Automotive Group, General Electric Capital Corporation, and Mitsui & Co., Ltd. A leading global transportation services provider, Penske operates more than 216,000 vehicles and serves customers from more than 1,000 locations in North America, South America, Europe, Australia and Asia. Product lines include full-service truck leasing, contract maintenance, commercial and consumer truck rentals, used truck sales, transportation and warehousing management and supply chain management solutions. Visit www.GoPenske.com to learn more. Penske Truck Leasing social media: Move Ahead Blog, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, Pinterest and Instagram.