During a hot summer in 1954, in a cramped one-room machine shop in Augusta, Georgia, E‑Z‑GO® was born. Two brothers started with a simple belief that they could build a better golf car, that better met the needs of the customer, than any other vehicle that's on the market.
From those humble beginnings, E‑Z‑GO has become a world leader in transportation and a leading global manufacturer of golf cars, utility vehicles and personal transportation vehicles. From our headquarters in Augusta, we build tens of thousands of vehicles each year, many of which feature game-changing technology and innovations to improve vehicle efficiency and enhance the user experience like no other vehicle can. As but one example, our exclusive AC Drive, found in the E‑Z‑GO RXV golf-car platform, uses an alternating-current motor and electrical powertrain to deliver unparalleled hill-climbing power and vehicle performance with unmatched energy efficiency, with industry-leading features like a parking brake that automatically engages whenever the vehicle stops.
E‑Z‑GO is also well known for its business and operational excellence. In 2009, E‑Z‑GO received the coveted Shingo Prize for Operational Excellence. That same year, the company's Augusta facility was named one of Industry Week magazine's top 10 manufacturing plants in North America. The company's facilities follow ISO 9001 standards.
Since 1960, E‑Z‑GO has been part of Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT), a global multi-industry company headquartered in Providence, RI. A Fortune 500 company with more than 35,000 employees worldwide and operations in 25 countries, Textron is known for its powerful brands, including E‑Z‑GO, Cessna, Beechcraft, Hawker, Bell Helicopter, Jacobsen and Kautex, among others.
Today, E‑Z‑GO vehicles are designed and manufactured by Textron Specialized Vehicles, a division of Textron Inc. that also manufactures commercial and industrial utility vehicles, recreational side-by-side UTVs, and ground support equipment for the aviation industry. E‑Z‑GO stands alongside its sister Textron Specialized Vehicles brands — Arctic Cat®, Jacobsen®, Cushman® and Textron GSE — as leaders in the respective industries they serve.
But more than 60 years after the first E‑Z‑GO vehicle was built in that sweltering one-room shop, there is still that single belief — that we exist to build vehicles and services that exceed the expectations of the customer, better than any other offering on the market. It is the drive to sustain and improve that position — to offer an unparalleled combination of world-class products, advanced technology, manufacturing expertise, and extraordinary service — that leads E‑Z‑GO to cover new ground.
Cushman® brand commercial and utility vehicles are known around the world for versatility, durability and dependability. We offer a complete range of heavy-duty, industrial material-handling vehicles, comfortable personnel transport and food & beverage vehicles. Gasoline- and electric-powered models plus an extensive list of options and accessories make Cushman the most versatile choice in utility vehicles.
What began with two cousins building farm machinery and two-cycle boat engines in 1901 is now the manufacturer of the broadest line of utility vehicles on the market. During World War I, Cushman provided two- and four-horsepower engines to operate water pumps, cream separators, washing machines and wood saws. By World War II, the company was producing scooters used by the Navy, the Army and the Army Air Force.
Today, more than 100 years after the first engine was shipped out of the Lincoln, Nebraska plant, the Cushman brand is still providing rugged and dependable solutions for a variety of industries. Cushman brand vehicles are now manufactured by Textron Specialized in Augusta, Georgia, in a recently-expanded 700,000-square-foot plant. And with the ever-expanding resources of Textron Specialized Vehicles' parent company Textron, known for its innovative transportation solutions and manufacturing excellence, the Cushman brand continues to grow. The company continues to build on its reputation for delivering quality, heavy-duty industrial material carriers, dependable utility vehicles and comfortable personnel transport vehicles.