The international award recognizes companies that achieve world-class performance and promote lean operational concepts, a manufacturing philosophy that emphasizes eliminating waste or unnecessary work from the process.
This has truly been a long and rewarding, if at times difficult, journey for E-Z-Go. Five years ago when we started this journey to lean, this was a very different company. Frankly, it was a company facing a lot of serious challenges. Over the past five years, we have made massive improvements to operations and processes across the entire organization, said President Kevin Holleran.
The Shingo Prize was established in 1988 by Dr. Shigeo Shingo, a leading expert in manufacturing processes and an architect for the Toyota Production System. The prize is administered by the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University and is the highest level of recognition awarded.
Augusta-based E-Z-Go, a part of Textron, is the first corporation nationwide to receive the Shingo Prize at the enterprise level, which means that E-Z-Go was recognized for excellence at all of its geographic locations and across all departments.