SOURCE: Williams Controls, Inc.

July 20, 2006 09:30 ET

Williams Controls Names Gary Hafner VP of Global Manufacturing

PORTLAND, OR -- (MARKET WIRE) -- July 20, 2006 -- Williams Controls, Inc. (OTCBB: WCON) announced today the promotion of Gary Hafner to Vice President of Global Manufacturing at Williams Controls. In this position, Hafner will be responsible for Williams' worldwide manufacturing facilities and operations, as well as the company's global sourcing, materials management, logistics and purchasing. Most recently, Gary has served as Williams Controls' Manufacturing Manager, focusing on the development and implementation of the Toyota Production system in Portland and lean manufacturing processes throughout the company. Hafner has also been instrumental in the start up of Williams' Suzhou, China manufacturing facility.

"Gary's understanding of the Toyota Production System, combined with his 25 years of manufacturing expertise, make him an ideal leader to help the Company take advantage of our international growth opportunities," said Patrick W. Cavanagh, President and Chief Executive Officer Williams Controls.

Gary Hafner joined Williams Controls in 1999 as the Production Manager of its Portland, Oregon facility. Prior to that, Gary was a Production Manager at Warn Industries, where he was responsible for the implementation the company's Toyota Production system in its component parts operation. Gary also worked as a Production Manager at Central Machine Works of Portland, Oregon, where he had responsibility for the daily operations of the company.

Hafner earned a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath Falls, Oregon.

ABOUT WILLIAMS CONTROLS

Williams Controls (OTCBB: WCON) is a leading designer and manufacturer of Electronic Throttle Control Systems for the heavy truck and off-road markets. For more information, you can find Williams Controls on the Internet at www.wmco.com.

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