Rausch has been the business editor since September 2008, previously serving as senior business reporter. He joined the Chronicle in April 2007. He has written for newspapers in Napoleon, Ohio, Moline, Ill., and Lima, Ohio. He holds a bachelor of science in journalism from Ohio University (1992). In 2006, he received a second place award in business writing from the Association Press in Ohio.
Posted April 8, 2014 10:40 am - Updated April 8, 2014 11:22 am

Augusta's E-Z-GO turns 60 this year

A remodeled vintage E-Z-Go

E-Z-GO has a birthday coming up this year.


The iconic golf car company turns 60 in June, but won’t be having the cake and cookout until the temperatures cool off in the fall, said President Kevin Holleran.


“They’ve put thoughts together of a fall weekend where we could celebrate with our employees, with former leaders,” Holleran said. Locals and corporate officials will also be invited.


June 13, 1954, is the founding date for E-Z-GO. That’s when Augusta brothers Billy and Bev Dolan started making golf carts in a one-room machine shop. Six years later, the company was sold to current owner Textron. Bev Dolan became CEO of Textron before his retirement in 2002.


Holleran said the company will reach out to Bev Dolan about participating in the anniversary. (Billy Dolan died in 1988.)


Another aspect of the celebration is the renovation of a Model 400 car.


“We restored it to original condition, complete with fringe on the top and the tiller bar and the three wheels, which is how they were built then,” Holleran said.


Some of E-Z-GO’s antique vehicles are on display at the Augusta Museum of History.


More on the celebration will be forthcoming.


OTHER ANNIVERSARIES: Other messages have come in recently for other long-standing businesses in Augusta reaching a milestone.


Len Collins of Georgia State Floral Distributors Inc. sent word that the 60th anniversary of his company is June 1. There will be a party on May 31.


The company is in a new location, 1401 Marvin Griffin Road. Its former location on Washington Road is where Whole Foods is being built.


Scale South is 40 this year. It specializes in commercial, industrial and scientific weighing scales. The company has had other names throughout the years. It opened in 1974 as Augusta Scale and changed its name to Georgia Scale Co. in 1985.