U.S. Military Veterans and Reservists Comprise Almost 10 Percent of Enterprise Holdings’ Workforce

CEO Andy Taylor: “Our company was built on the very principles that were instilled in my father, Jack Taylor, when he served in the Navy during World War II…our business has continued to honor that part of its heritage.”

ST. LOUIS – Nov. 11, 2011 – Despite a tough economy, Enterprise Holdings, which owns and operates the Alamo Rent A Car, Enterprise Rent-A-Car and National Car Rental brands, hires thousands of employees – including many military veterans each year – to keep its talent pipeline strong. 

Enterprise employs approximately 55,000 employees in the United States – 5,300 of whom are U.S.military veterans and active/inactive reservists. In fact, Enterprise has hired 1,400 veterans and reservists in 2011 alone, and the company pays the salary differential for employees on active duty so they continue to receive full pay throughout the duration of their service. 

Enterprise has a longstanding relationship with the U.S. military that dates back to company founder Jack Taylor and his military service. A Navy veteran, Taylor named the company after the World War II USS Enterprise, the ship on which he served as a decorated pilot. 

In his email to employees today, Enterprise Holdings Chairman and CEO Andy Taylor stated:  “Today marks the annual observance of Veterans Day, which honors all the men and women who have served in the United States military. On this occasion, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to these brave individuals for the sacrifices they have made to protect our country and its freedoms. As you know, our company was built on the very principles that were instilled in my father, Jack Taylor, when he served in the Navy during World War II. I am proud to say our business has continued to honor that part of its heritage by supporting all our employees who are called to serve in the military.” 

Enterprise’s Military Connection

In 2008, Enterprise partnered with The History Channel® to support the first season of Battle360,which focuses on the USS Enterprise’s crucial role in almost every major sea battle in the Pacific Theatre during World War II. And in 2009, Andy Taylor and his wife initiated and funded the effort to recover a World War II Hellcat plane from Lake Michigan and restore it in honor of Jack Taylor, who flew similar planes while serving in the Navy. 

In addition, Enterprise has been recognized with the prestigious Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, the highest honor given by the U.S. government to employers for support of their employees who serve in the National Guard and Reserve. The company is also represented on the Missouri Employer Support for the Guard and Reserves (ESGR) Advisory Council, and advanced to the 5-Star level in ESGR’s Statement of Support Program for its longtime support of employees serving in the military. 

More recently, Enterprise furthered its relationship with the U.S. military by expanding its WeCar by Enterprise car-sharing program to military bases throughout the United States, beginning with Fort Carson Army Base in Colorado and Fort Bragg Army Base in North Carolina. The company plans to expand to several additional U.S. military bases by the end of 2011. The WeCar program provides an efficient and cost-effective transportation solution for military personnel and their families. 

About Enterprise Holdings

Founded in 1957, Enterprise Holdings is the most comprehensive service provider and only investment-grade company in the U.S. car rental industry, operating the Alamo Rent A Car and National Car Rental brands, as well as its flagship Enterprise Rent-A-Car brand. Its worldwide network includes more than 7,800 neighborhood and airport locations, with 6,000 offices located within 15 miles of 90 percent of the U.S. population – and more than twice as many locations as Enterprise Holdings’ nearest U.S. competitor.  In addition, Alamo, Enterprise and National – which swept Executive Travel magazine’s 2011 “Leading Edge Awards” for the top three car rental brands in the travel industry – collectively lead with more than one-third of all airport business in the United States and Canada. Further, for the last seven years in a row, Enterprise has led the industry in an annual North American airport car rental survey of leisure and business travelers. 

With annual revenues of $14.1 billion and more than 70,000 employees, Enterprise Holdings operates, through its regional subsidiaries, more than 1 million cars and trucks, making it the largest car rental company in the world measured by revenue, employees and fleet. In addition, the company’s annual revenues place it near the top of the travel industry, exceeding many airlines and most cruise lines, hotels, tour operators and online travel agencies. Owned by the Taylor family and headquartered in St. Louis,Enterprise Holdings’ revenues for fiscal 2011 would place it 15th among the largest private companies in the United States. Enterprise Holdings and its affiliates offer business and retail customers a total transportation solution, which includes hourly rental, car leasing, WeCar car sharing and Enterprise Rideshare vanpooling programs, as well as the Enterprise Car Sales and Enterprise Commercial Truck rental business lines. In addition, Enterprise Holdings is part of a global strategic alliance with Europcar, creating the world’s largest car rental network. For more information about Enterprise Holdings, visit www.enterpriseholdings.com. For more information about Enterprise Holdings’ environmental stewardship and long-term commitment to the sustainability of its business, visit www.DrivingFutures.com and follow @LeeBroughton on Twitter.



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