About Williams Controls

Leveraging over 75 years of experience in vehicle controls, Williams Controls offers a family of solutions including: electronic, hydraulic and pneumatic throttle controls, configurable joysticks, adjustable pedal systems, sensors, hand controls, and armrest systems.

With worldwide customer support and rapid product development capabilities, Williams is able to provide reliable, high quality designs.

Williams Controls is wholly owned by the Curtiss-Wright Corporation of Parsippany, New Jersey, USA. Curtiss-Wright Corporation (NYSE:CW) is an innovative engineering company that provides highly engineered, critical function products, systems and services in the areas of flow control, motion control and surface treatment technologies to the defense, energy and commercial/ industrial markets. The legacy company of Glenn Curtiss and the Wright brothers, Curtiss-Wright has a long tradition of design and manufacturing innovation and prides itself on long-standing customer relationships. The company employs approximately 10,000 people worldwide.

More information on the Curtiss-Wright Corporation can be found on the internet at www.curtisswright.com.

Mission Statement

We will be a global leader in supplying innovative controls and sensors to a wide range of vehicle customers by providing superior quality and service. Our commitment to innovation is woven throughout the entire engineering process.

History

Williams Controls has a robust history of designing innovative vehicle controls for more than 75 years.

Humble Beginnings
Norman C. Williams founded Williams Controls, Inc. in 1937 in Portland, Oregon. The first of his many inventions was a vacuum water valve designed to cool the brake drums of logging trucks and trailers. In the following years, Williams Controls expanded the company's product line to include various other pneumatic devices, such as exhaust braking systems and air brake controls.

Setting the Standard
In 1962 Williams Controls introduced its first pneumatic throttle control system that was designed to replace long, complex mechanical linkages. Williams Controls pneumatic-controlled throttle assemblies then became standard in the domestic bus market. Williams Controls expanded this product line, developing a hydraulic throttle control system for heavy off-highway equipment.

In the 1970's Norm Williams sold his interest in the company and it was taken public in 1989.  

The Leader of Electronic Throttle Controls: ETC
In the mid-'80s, the first electronically controlled diesel engines were introduced to meet requirements for increased efficiency and lower emissions. Williams Controls, working closely with both engine and vehicle manufacturers, designed the first electronic throttle control in 1987. The company quickly became the world leader in the design and manufacture of electronic throttle controls for trucks and buses.

In the '90s Williams Controls continued its market leadership in electronic throttle controls for trucks and buses. Williams Controls also quickly moved to a leadership position in off-road markets with major construction equipment makers adopting Williams Controls electronic throttle controls.

Sensing Customer Needs
Williams Controls began producing sensors for it throttle controls systems in 2005. This allowed Williams Controls to quickly respond to customer design requests with the most advanced, cost effective and reliable technology available.

Global Expansion 
In 2005 Williams Controls opened strategic sales and customer service centers in Munich, Germany and Shanghai, China to pursue the growth opportunities in these significant markets for our products.

That same year Williams Controls opened a state of the art 40,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Suzhou, China to support its Chinese customer base, globalize its sourcing activities and respond to customer requests for emerging market manufacturing.

In 2011, the international footprint and capacity grew for Williams Controls once again, with the completion of a 20,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Pune, India.  Williams Controls is proud to hold certifications in both TS 16949 and ISO 14001 for the Pune facility. We are proud to maintain this level of commitment for both quality and reliability standards in every one of our manufacturing locations around the world.

Curtiss-Wright Merger
As of December 2012, Williams Controls announced the successful merger with Curtiss-Wright Corporation.  Williams Controls will operate within Curtiss-Wright’s controls segment and strengthen their already existing industrial controls business.  This exciting step brings Williams Controls and Curtiss-Wright another step closer towards the vision of being the supplier of choice for driver control subsystems in specialty vehicles.

Curtiss-Wright Corporation (NYSE:CW) of Parsippany, New Jersey, USA is an innovative engineering company that provides highly engineered, critical function products, systems and services in the areas of flow control, motion control and surface treatment technologies to the defense, energy and commercial/ industrial markets.  Curtiss-Wright employs approximately 10,000 people worldwide.

More information on the Curtiss-Wright Corporation can be found on the internet at www.curtisswright.com.