For the second consecutive year E-Z-GO has been named a finalist for Industry Week magazine’s Best Plants Award. The award recognizes outstanding North American manufacturing facilities which, in the magazine’s words, “are on the leading edge of efforts to increase competitiveness, enhance customer satisfaction, and create stimulating and rewarding work environments.”
E-Z-GO’s World Headquarters in Augusta, Ga., which manufactures all E-Z-GO vehicles sold worldwide, was one of only 20 finalists announced today by the magazine.
“E-Z-GO is humbled and honored to be named once again as a finalist for Industry Week’s Best Plants Award,” said Kevin P. Holleran, president of E-Z-GO. “This honor is a testament to the commitment and passion of our employees to improving our business operations and driving customer satisfaction. It is truly our employees who lead our continuous improvement every step of the way.”
The 664,000-square-foot plant manufactures all E-Z-GO makes and models, from the state-of-the-art RXV fleet golf car to the popular ST line of personal utility vehicles. The company’s newest manufacturing line, the RXV line, incorporates “smart tools,” ergonomic workstations, natural lighting, and other high-tech advances to drive product quality, conserve energy and resources, and minimize environmental impacts.
E-Z-GO’s philosophy of continuous improvement and its employment of Lean methodology and Six Sigma practices have led to dramatic strides forward in eliminating wasteful practices and driving enhanced productivity and customer satisfaction.
“Although we’ve made tremendous progress, this is only the beginning,” Holleran said. “E-Z-GO is committed to continued innovation and improvement so that we can continue to exceed our customers’ expectations, support our community, protect our environment and drive value for Textron shareholders.”
The honor is the latest in a string of honors for E-Z-GO and its manufacturing facilities. Besides being named a finalist for Industry Week’s Best Plants Award in 2008 and 2009, E-Z-GO also received the prestigious Shingo Prize for Operational Excellence – dubbed the “Nobel Prize of manufacturing” by Business Week magazine – in April 2009. E-Z-GO is the first and only company to receive the prize at the enterprise level – meaning that E-Z-GO was recognized for world-class status at all of its geographic locations and across all business functions, including manufacturing, engineering, sales, finance, marketing, communications, supply chain management, information technology and human resources.
The company also has been featured for its manufacturing and operational excellence in several recent publications, including a cover feature in IMPO magazine in April 2008.
Ten of the 2009 Industry Week’s Best Plants Award finalists will be selected to win the prestigious award. Winners of the 2009 award will be announced in January 2010.