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Williams Controls to Ring NYSE Opening Bell


December 5, 2011 - Portland, OR

Williams Controls, Inc. (NASDAQ: WMCO) (the "Company") will ring The Opening Bell on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE Amex) on the morning of December 7th, celebrating the Company's 75-year history and commemorating its first day of trading on the NYSE Amex. Moving to the NYSE Amex enables the Company to deliver more value to its investors and to thank its shareholders who have supported the Company.

"We are extremely honored to ring The Opening Bell," stated Patrick Cavanagh, Williams Controls President and CEO. He continued, "This ceremony honors our employees who are responsible for creating quality products, a great industry reputation and the long-term customer relationships that increase shareholder value and position the Company for future growth." He concluded, "We are pleased to be joining the NYSE Amex at this important time in our Company's history."

Patrick Cavanagh will be joined at The Opening Bell ceremony by CFO Dennis Bunday and members of the Company's Board of Directors and leadership team. Williams Controls will continue to trade under the ticker symbol, "WMCO."

Photos of the event will be available via Associated Press/New York (212.621.1902), Reuters America (646.223.6285), and Bloomberg Photo (212.617.3420). The Opening Bell feed is available beginning at 9:25 a.m. EST vial Ascent loop #4009. Those seeking footage via The Switch should contact NYSE Broadcast at 212.656.5483. A live webcast of The Opening Bell will be available on the homepage of nyse.com beginning at 9:29 a.m. EST.

About Williams Controls
Williams Controls is a leading global designer and manufacturer of Electronic Throttle Control Systems ("ETCs") for the heavy truck, bus and off-road markets. With its headquarters in Portland, Oregon, the Company employs more than 300 people worldwide at locations in North America, Europe, and Asia. For more information, visit Williams Controls' website at www.wmco.com.

Contact:
Mike Rusk
Financial Controller
Telephone: (503) 684-8600

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