Our Story

Our story begins with Michigan Medical Supply, founded in 1954 by Raymond Benz in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

It soon became apparent that a scientific division was necessary to focus on microscope sales and service. ("focus" - pun totally intended!) To help with his new endeavor Ray invited his son, Bob Benz, to join the company. The division was named Benz Microscope Optics Center, which eventually became the company's sole operation and corporate name.

Together they built a respected, nationwide dealership for the top microscope manufacturers in the industry. With customer service being paramount, Ray became a manufacturer certified Repair Specialist to provide full circle sales, service, and maintenance. This set Benz Microscope apart from other microscope "sellers", and thus, began what would become the company's foothold and specialty.

Bob's wife, LaLoie, joined the team adding her administrative and customer service skills to the operation. Their son, Michael, began to shadow his Grandfather in the repair room at the age of 12. Mike continued to follow the footsteps of his Grandfather and his Dad, from the repair bench to the showroom. He, too, completed the manufacturer's training to become a Repair Specialist and authorized technician, thus solidifying his place in this third-generation operation.   

Mike Benz took the helm as President in 1999, and his wife, Terri, came on board several years later. The company remained a staple in Ann Arbor until June of 2020, when the family moved the business to the beautiful countryside of Manchester, Michigan. Our mission has remained the same for nearly 67 years:

Quality Merchandise      -      Dependable Service        -      Reasonable Prices