AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - Textron Specialized Vehicles Inc., has acquired a 238 acre site, currently occupied by Proctor and Gamble. The property is located at the intersection of Mike Padgett Highway and Marvin Griffin Road in south Augusta.
The company says the move will generate up to 400 new jobs in Augusta over the next five years. The company already employs nearly 1,000 people in Georgia.
"We're just pleased that Ez-Go, now, Textron Specialty Vehicles has made a decision to continue their relationship with the city of Augusta and our region in terms of their expansion," said Mayor Hardie Davis. "So, I couldn't have asked for a better opportunity than today."
For a company that was created here in the CSRA, it was important to keep those jobs where it all began.
"For us to know the city and the community, them to know us, this was really the place we always wanted to continue to call home," said Kevin Holleran, President and CEO of Textron. "[We really wanted] to really reward our employees as well as the local community with further job and economic growth."
Textron is also promising a more than $40 million in investment in the community over that 5-year period. To help facilitate the expansion, the Georgia Department of Economic Development will provide $600,000 in a Project Development Grant, and more than $1.6 million in job training assistance through the Georgia Quick Start program, to Textron Specialized Vehicles.
The new facility will be home to test tracks for cars, and more space for manufacturing. But for city officials, this expansion has a much larger meaning.
"It's an investment in our city that continues," Davis said. "When you look at the fact the Ez-Go was founded in 1954 here in Augusta, really in Grovetown, now in here Augusta, Georgia, this is a long-term investment that they've made a decision to expand their operations here in Augusta, Georgia."
Textron Specialized Vehicles has called the Augusta area home since the founding of its E-Z-GO business in 1954. Today, the company designs and manufactures more than 90 consumer and commercial vehicle models, ranging from golf cars to side-by-sides to ground support equipment for the aviation industry, under the E-Z-GO®, Cushman®, Bad Boy®, TUG™ and Douglas™ brands. Most of those products are manufactured in Augusta.