LISBON - Big changes are on the way for a local organization.
Advanced Training Group Worldwide Inc. provides tactical training to police officers and governmental officials throughout Columbiana County. However, business is about to pick up as the organization was awarded a $100 million government military contract in February.
ATG Worldwide director Adam Newbold mentions the company's small size and growth potential.
"We have lots of big things going on in the future," Newbold said. "We've got a small group of military guys. This is important for us."
The contract calls for a joint effort with a partner company out of Florida, but details on the contract remain top secret.
"Because of the nature of the contract, I can't speak of the information because it is top secret," Newbold said. "The government first made it secret, but then upgraded the information to top secret, and so there's nothing I can say about it."
ATG Worldwide's staff consists of several veteran special operators specializing in tactical training, counseling and security.
"We train law enforcement officials and government officials and provide them with certain high-level training," said Newbold, a former active-duty Navy SEAL who went to active/reserve status in 2010 to focus on his business interests and family. His two brothers were also SEALs.
The group also includes a VIP Club for law enforcement officials. For a small fee, club members can work out and train at the group's facilities, which include a clubhouse and a gym.
"The VIP Club gives our law enforcement officials big opportunities to grow and improve," Newbold said. "They can work out, foster connections and be able to help each other at our clubhouses."
ATG, however, doesn't cater to just police officers and government officials. The group works with everyone, with its facilities open also to the public. The group also offers concealed-carry courses along with access to the facilities as well.
"The facilities are open for the public to use," Newbold said. "We offer concealed-carry courses which are also affordable and just as important as anywhere else you would find."
As the year continues, the organization looks to continue its growth with higher potential to come.
"We're still a small local company that's treading water," Newbold said. "We have potential to grow and look to be doing that as time goes by."
ATG has two locations, one on East Lincoln Way in downtown Lisbon, and the other on Youngstown-Kingsville Road in Vienna.