ATS board of directors resigns to ensure orderly transition to new board

    TSX: ATA

    CAMBRIDGE, ON, Sept. 12 /CNW/ - ATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc. today
announced that, following a review of all proxies submitted by shareholders of
the Company, its board of directors will resign at 10:00 a.m. eastern on
September 13, 2007. This will allow tomorrow's annual meeting of shareholders
to proceed on an orderly basis with the election of the new directors outlined
in the information circular of Goodwood Inc. and Mason Capital Management, LLC
dated September 5, 2007.
    The outgoing board and the new incoming directors believe this action
serves the best interests of ATS. As a result of this move, tomorrow's annual
meeting of shareholders will be procedural in nature (i.e. involving only
director elections and the reappointment of auditors). Neither management, the
outgoing board nor the new directors intend to give any presentations or make
any statements at the meeting. The new board will be meeting immediately
following the shareholders' meeting and it is expected that further
announcements will follow in due course.
    The incoming directors are Neil Arnold, John K. Bell, J. Cameron
McDonald, Michael E. Martino, Gordon Presher, Peter H. Puccetti and Neale X.
    Concurrent with the board's decision to resign, the Company's President
and Chief Executive Officer, Ron Jutras, has resigned effective September 12,
2007. Gerry Beard has also resigned as Vice-President and Chief Financial
Officer but will be remaining with the Company to assist with the transition.

    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 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: Carl Galloway, Vice-President and Treasurer,
(519) 653-6500

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