SOURCE: Williams Controls, Inc.

Williams Controls, Inc.

November 09, 2010 09:30 ET

Williams Controls Pedal Named "Best Engineered Product" by SEMA

PORTLAND, OR--(Marketwire - November 9, 2010) -  The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) awarded Williams Controls (NASDAQ: WMCO) and LOKAR Performance Products "Best Engineered Product" at its annual show that concluded Friday in Las Vegas. Williams and LOKAR partnered in developing the award-winning pedal to address the shortage of high performance electronic throttle controls (ETC's) available for the aftermarket automotive industry. The new electronic pedal supports many automotive platforms including GM, Ford and Mopar.

"The new pedal is the result of the marriage between product expertise and market expertise," said Patrick M. Cavanagh, President and CEO of Williams Controls. "As the global leader for ETC's, we combined our strength in product engineering and technology with LOKAR's leadership in the automotive aftermarket to produce a product tailored to automotive aftermarket customers' needs."

The new electronic pedal is made from billet aluminum to complement the look of aftermarket vehicles. It's based on a proven design used by Williams in the commercial truck industry for more than a decade. The precision pedal is designed to meet exacting commercial vehicle standards of durability and reliability, while providing highly accurate signals to the OEM engine controllers. It will be sold by LOKAR as a drive by wire ETC beginning in 2011.

Williams Controls is the world leader in Electronic Throttle Controls for commercial vehicles.  Its customers include many of the global leaders in the truck, bus, and off-road markets.  Williams Controls is headquartered in Portland and employs more that 250 people worldwide. It supports its customers in North America, Europe, and Asia with production facilities in Portland, Oregon, USA, Suzhou, China, and now in Pune, India.

Williams offers the market's broadest product range in electronic pedal assemblies.  Its customers benefit from Williams' unmatched customer engineering capability, supported by a world class short-run and prototype manufacturing capability. For more information, visit Williams Controls' website at

Lokar Performance Products is a leading US designer and manufacturer of aftermarket throttle and shifting control products. Lokar bases their entire business on the simple ideals of manufacturing a quality product and providing quality service. The company is headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee and has been in operation since 1988. For more information, visit Lokar Performance Products website at

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