ATS appoints interim CFO

    TSX: ATA

    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:

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

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