The company's business plan called for creating a niche sales approach in the aircraft aerospace and defense related markets with the centerpiece being the Space Shuttle Program at Kennedy Space Center. The Challenger explosion in January, 1986 drastically impacted this plan and Ryan was forced to redefine goals and expectations of the company by exploring new markets.
By 1989, Advanced Technology Supply, Inc. had established markets in high performance pressure sensitive tapes and silicone elastomers for printed circuit bare board fabrication, PCB assembly, defense related applications in airframe and avionics, electrical/electronics, and general industrial applications. Also significant, was the return to flight of the space shuttle that same year.
In August 1993, Ryan was joined by Gary A. Couture as Vice President. Ryan and Couture shared a common background of 20 years experience each with CHR Industries (now known as Saint Gobain Performance Plastics). CHR was a manufacturer of pressure sensitive tapes and silicone rubber sponge, sheet and coated fabrics. Both Ryan and Couture were regional sales manager for CHR, in addition, Couture was CHR's marketing manager.
In 2009, with the untimely death of Bill Ryan, Gary Couture became the sole owner of Advanced Technology Supply, Inc. committed to continue the work and goals already set for the future of the company. Advanced Technology Supply, Inc. has exhibited solid growth and developed an excellent reputation for technical expertise, competitive pricing and quick delivery while continuing its standard of high quality.
Laurie McDonald is the CEO and President of Advanced Technology Supply, Inc. and has been since September 2019 bringing a wealth of experience to the table. Tim Dunn is the companies Operations Manager and there are several other key employees creating make a core team that work in synergy together, ensuring ATS constantly operates at maximum capacity and peak performance.
The Industrial supply and distribution business Slip Stream 24/7 is an affiliate of Advanced Technology Supply, Inc. selling over 36,000 premium quality 3M products and applications that can be used across a range of industries, specifically Industrial, Commercial, Health & Safety products but also including Medical, Automotive, Marine, Construction, and many more.