About Us

Get to know Universal a little better.

We build structures, products and dreams. And a lot of opportunity along the way.

We were founded in 1955, and are headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan. We have approximately 130 affiliated operations, which supply tens of thousands of products to three robust markets: retail, construction and industrial. Our businesses are operated and managed by 11,000 of the best workers around the globe.

We’ve been profitable every year we’ve been in business, and we’ve maintained a solid balance sheet and a balanced business model. That has allowed us to weather the ups and downs of the economy, and to cement strong relationships with customers who need to rely on consistent performance, no matter what’s happening in the world.

Our offices are nothing fancy, but there’s a lot going on behind the walls. A lot of work. A lot of learning. A lot of accountability. We believe in treating people with respect, no matter where they are in our organization. We believe in holding ourselves accountable for our actions and our results. We’re determined. We’re fiercely competitive. We do what we say we’re going to do. And we like to have fun.

Our website has more on our history, leadership, financial performance, career opportunities, and the things we make and do. You’ll also be directed to the many websites of our brands and affiliates.