Over a Century of Service
As an established leader in the career and technical training industry, American Technical Publishers develops high-quality instructional material used in educational training programs throughout the world.
The ATP Mission Statement
American Technical Publishers serves our industry by using the best information, materials, and technology available to create quality training products for career and technical education and apprenticeship/industrial training programs while providing rewarding careers for our employee shareholders.
The ATP Vision Statement
American Technical Publishers strives to be the best at providing individuals with the most current information needed to attain the skills and knowledge required for employment and advancement in their professions and in facilitating the transfer of knowledge from generation to generation.
The company was founded in 1898 in Boston, Massachusetts, by Mr. R. T. Miller, Jr., as the American Technical Society (ATS) to publish instructional materials to be used by the American School of Correspondence, which was founded by Mr. Miller in 1897. Mr. Miller founded these companies based on the belief that all Americans should have the opportunity to receive a high school diploma and learn the job skills required to prepare them for the working world. In 1902, Mr. Miller moved the companies to Chicago. A building at 58th Street and Drexel Avenue was constructed in 1907 to house both companies. During the late 1920s and early 1930s, publishing and marketing efforts were expanded to include material for trade bookstores. Mr. Miller served as President of ATS until his retirement in 1940.
With the advent of World War II, the primary publishing efforts of ATS were changed from material for trade bookstores and home study to vocational training material for preparation of industrial workers for the war effort. Mr. David N. McCarl, who was employed by ATS in 1922 and served as President from 1966 until his retirement in 1980, recognized the need for vocational training material in the public school market. Many of the books and study guides used for the war training effort were revised to meet this need. The Vocational Education Act of 1963 and subsequent appropriations provided increased federal funding for expansion of vocational education programs. With this steadily increasing market, ATS continued to develop new material, becoming the recognized publisher in trade and industrial education, which is a major part of vocational education.
In 1980, the assets of the Society were purchased by its employees using a newly formed corporation —American Technical Publishers, Inc. (ATP) and its Profit Sharing Retirement Plan and Trust. American Technical Society, later renamed the Technical Foundation of America, began operation as an educational foundation. American Technical Publishers, Inc., moved the publishing operations to Alsip, Illinois, where it rented office and warehouse space. Mr. Robert H. Carrigan became the first President of American Technical Publishers, Inc.
Mr. Carrigan led the new company toward a sound financial foundation and success. He was also instrumental in establishing our Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP), which is one of the oldest in the United States. In 1985, Mr. Thomas E. Proctor was elected President. He further defined our publishing goal by directing our efforts toward the increased publication of textbooks and related material for apprenticeship and industrial training markets. An office/warehouse facility was built in Homewood, Illinois, and occupied by ATP in 1986 to house editorial, marketing, warehousing, shipping and general administration operations.
In 2000, Mr. Robert D. Deisinger, formerly Senior Vice President, was elected President. Mr. Deisinger, emphasizing employee participation, reinvigorated the ATP commitment to creating products that benefit our society, our customers, our authors, and our employee-owners. His vision and passion resulted in unprecedented growth, and in 2008, ATP moved all of its non-warehouse operations to a newly built office building located in Orland Park, Illinois. Making a bold architectural statement, the building features a bright, open design that showcases the creativity and craftsmanship espoused by the very professionals that ATP has served over the years. The ATP building was built with 100% union labor, and was the first privately financed LEED® Gold Certified office building in the Chicago metropolitan area.
In 2014, the Company was reorganized as The ATP Group, Inc., including two divisions—American Technical Publishers and ATP Learning Solutions. American Technical Publishers continues to serve customers with a comprehensive line of proven products, and ATP Learning Solutions now serves customers desiring custom products and services. Mr. Deisinger retired June 30, 2015, and Dr. Jonathan F. Gosse was elected President.
As Editor in Chief for the last 16 years, Dr. Gosse has influenced product development using innovative approaches and practical experience gained from his many years in the career and technical education field. As President, Dr. Gosse is committed to expanding ATP’s role in the field by meeting the needs of customers and employee-owners, offering new product and services, strengthening strategic industry partnerships, and structuring Company resources for sustained financial health and growth into the future.
The tradition of helping people learn has continued since 1898 and the ATP mission remains the same—to produce the finest learning material available for career and technical education.
About Our Publications
All our authors have substantial trade and experience. ATP publications:
- are easy-to-understand and allow for quick comprehension - have many large, detailed graphics - contain step-by-step procedures - contain procedures and techniques in a precise and easy-to-understand format - are filled with practical applications - contain digital resources to enhance book content* - are produced in the USA
- interactive illustrations - sample course outlines - lesson plans - behavioral objectives - answers keys test banks* - PowerPoint® presentations*
If you are an instructor or an administrator in a qualified training program, and would like an evaluation copy of one of our publications, please contact Carly Burton, Director of Marketing and Sales.