ST. LOUIS (AP) - Enterprise Holdings, the nation's largest rental car company, plans to hire 11,000 new full-time workers by the middle of next year.
Company executive Marie Artim announced the expansion in an interview Wednesday with The Associated Press.
The hiring is expected to be complete by July 31, and could boost the company's workforce to more than 80,000, depending on attrition.
The company plans to hire nearly 8,500 for management trainee positions, including many recent college graduates. Others will be hired for positions in information technology, administration and support roles at the company headquarters in suburban St. Louis, and in branch stores.
In addition to the full-time jobs, Enterprise plans to hire 1,500 interns.
Enterprise Holdings operates Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Alamo Rent A Car and National Car Rental.
For the first time in the history of Enterprise Holdings, the CEO is not from the Taylor family who founded the company.
Pamela Nicholson already served at the company's President and COO before be named the Chief Executive. he position has been held since 1991 by founder Jack Taylor’s son, Andy Taylor, who will continue to be actively engaged with the company as Executive Chairman.
Nicholson’s started as a trainee with Enterprise Rent-A-Car in 1981.
St. Louis-based Enterprise Holdings is expanding its presence in the largest city in the Midwest.
Enterprise announced the purchase of IGO--a non-profit car-sharing company in Chicago. IGO was created as a pilot program to encourage city residents to use multiple forms of transportation and lower family's transportation costs.
This is not the first foray into car-sharing for Enterprise. They also purchased Mint Cars On-Demand in Boston and PhillyCarShare in Philadelphia. Every IGO employee has been offered a job with Enterprise.
Enterprise Holdings is increasing their hiring of veterans as we head into Memorial Day Weekend.
The company says they have already hired more than 600 vets this year and plan to increase that number to 2,000 by the end of the year. Enterprise is part of the nation-wide 100,000 Jobs Mission--a campaign to hire 100,000 veterans by 2020.
Enterprise is named after an aircraft carrier, the USS Enterprise. Company founder Jack Taylor served as a Navy Pilot aboard the carrier.