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ATS appoints interim CFO

Oktober 09, 2007 | General

CAMBRIDGE, ON, Oct. 9 /CNW/ - ATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc. today announced it has appointed recently retired Ernst & Young Partner Garry West as its Chief Financial Officer to serve on an interim basis.

During his distinguished 35 year career with Ernst & Young, he provided auditing, tax, accounting and strategic advice to many leading Canadian companies. He received his BA from University of Toronto and became a Chartered Accountant in 1974 and was awarded a FCA in 2006. Mr. West previously was a Director and Treasurer of the Cambridge Memorial Hospital and is currently the President of the Royal Canadian Golf Association. Mr. West will be based at the Company's global headquarters in Cambridge, Ontario.

"Garry is a natural choice for this important assignment and we are delighted he has agreed to join us," said John Bell, ATS Chief Executive Officer. "His track record of public company experience, well-documented professional skills and personal integrity fit perfectly with the high standards of the Company."

About ATS
ATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc. provides innovative, custom designed, built and installed manufacturing solutions to many of the world's most successful companies. Founded in 1978, ATS uses its industry-leading knowledge and global capabilities to serve the sophisticated automation systems' needs of multinational customers in industries such as healthcare, computer/electronics, automotive and consumer products. It also leverages its many years of repetitive manufacturing experience and skills to fulfill the specialized repetitive equipment manufacturing requirements of customers. Through Photowatt, its solar business, ATS participates in the growing solar energy industry and through its precision components business it produces, in high volume, precision components and subassemblies. ATS employs approximately 3,500 people at 24 manufacturing facilities in Canada, the United States, Europe, southeast Asia and China. The Company's shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol ATA. Visit the Company's website at

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For further information:
John Bell
(519) 653-6500