Universal Services of America doesn't arm its security guards with brooms, but it could if it needed to. Universal provides security and janitorial services to various clients, including airports, office buildings, manufacturing facilities, government agencies, and retail stores. It operates through four divisions: Universal Protection Services (security guards), Universal Building Maintenance (janitorial and maintenance), Universal Protection Security Systems (security system installation and management), and Universal Fire/Life Safety (fire safety planning and training).
With offices in California, Arizona, Texas, Colorado, and Washington, Universal does most of its business in the southern and western US. Originally founded in 1965 as a small janitorial company, Universal made its first significant business expansion in the late 1970s when it formed its security guard division. After divesting its janitorial operations in 1989, the company later reestablished the business in 2008 when it set up its Building Maintenance division; it also formed its Fire/Life Safety division around that time.
In recent years Universal has enjoyed rapid growth, due in part to acquisitions it made in 2009 and 2010 that allowed it to expand into new markets and strengthen its position in its existing markets. It bolstered its janitorial business in Arizona in late 2010 after acquiring Service Link Commercial, LLC. Other acquisitions -- including its 2010 purchases of Shield Security, Bower Security, and ProGuard Security Services -- helped strengthen the company's security services businesses in Arizona and California and expanded its presence into Texas.
In late 2011 the company announced acquisition of Security Forces along with their subsidiary SFI Electronics. Security Forces and SFI Electronics operate out of 31 offices primarily located in the southeastern US. The terms of the deal were not disclosed but adds Alabama, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia to make the Universal Protection Service division a coast to coast security service provider. – less