Advanced Technologies Consultants, Inc. was founded in 1964 as Close, Inc. Its founder, John Close, was an industrial arts instructor at Plymouth High School in Plymouth, Michigan. At that time, schools were not well-funded and the business of education did not provide the level of benefits, pay and respect that educators deserved. With four young children, John made a decision in the spring of that year and went into business for himself.

His new company would provide quality technical training products, at a reasonable price to educational and industrial training facilities.

John and his family continued to work in Michigan providing customers with quality curriculum and equipment. The secret of John's early success was to combine superior products with FREE lifetime service to create a package for the customer that was unparalleled in the industry.

In 1989, John was joined full-time by his son, Thomas Close. Equipped with an Operations Research and Information Systems degree and a sharp business mind, Thomas was a natural in the business. The company was renamed Advanced Technologies Consultants, Inc., and quickly began to expand its territory. Today, ATC represents brand name manufacturers in Arizona, California, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Texas

ATC’s product line has expanded and kept pace with new and innovative products in order to better serve the educational market. Today, Advanced Technologies represents various companies that produce a wide range of Training Equipment and Curriculum as well as Design & Prototyping Software. Also, as before, Educational and Industrial Furniture is available for any application.

ATC has been recognized with numerous awards for curriculum development as well as outstanding service and sales awards. The company is very proud to have been named “Dealer of the Year” by such manufacturers as Lab Volt Systems, Inc., SMC International Training, Greene Manufacturing, Inc., EMCO Maier, KUKA Robotics, MCI Real Training Systems, Parker Hannifin and AXYZ.

Now, as the nation's leading distributor of technical training products, ATC still stands by its founding principle: To provide quality curriculum and equipment, at a reasonable price combined with free lifetime service.