Originally created 02/15/02

E-Z-Go selects its next leader



E-Z-Go is getting a new president, and possibly some new jobs.

The Augusta golf car manufacturer's parent company, Textron Inc., on Thursday announced that John L. Garrison Jr. will serve as E-Z-Go's top executive, in charge of all production, engineering, sales and marketing.

L.T. Walden, who formerly had those duties, was named chairman emeritus last year and still works closely with E-Z-Go's management team.

Mr. Garrison will be based in Augusta and report to Greg Hyland, the president of Textron's industrial products group in Charlotte, N.C.

"John brings a solid background in management and operations to Textron," Mr. Hyland said.

Mr. Garrison was most recently president, chairman and CEO of Azurix Corp., a global builder and operator of water and wastewater facilities. Prior to that, the 41-year-old Harvard University graduate was vice president and general manager of vehicle maker Case Corp.

Textron is closing a 415-employee Cushman vehicle plant in Lincoln, Neb., moving its production to Augusta. E-Z-Go spokesman Ron Skenes said he is unsure what impact the move will have on the local operations.

"Certainly there is a potential (for new jobs), but we really won't know until we get everything worked out," he said.

Textron has not established a timetable for the closing, only that the plant will cease operations by year's end. Mr. Skenes said the Lincoln employees will be let go in phases.

The 515,000-square-foot Lincoln plant produced small-wheeled golf course maintenance vehicles and equipment used in warehouses.