Universal Group enters the US Traffic Control Market

The Universal Group (“UG” or the “Company”) is pleased and excited to announce its entry into the United States through the acquisition of Advanced Traffic Control (“ATC”).

ATC is based in Auburn, Washington and was founded by Jeff McLaughlin and Darrin Tish in 2015. ATC is primarily focused on providing traffic control services for large multi-year infrastructure projects on interstates and freeways across Washington State. ATC’s success providing these services is a testament to the expertise and quality service provided by its traffic control personnel and management. The company will continue to be led by Jeff and Darrin who will also become shareholders of UG as a part of this transaction. It will be business as usual with operations remaining as is, along with no planned changes to the company name. ATC now becomes a part of the UG family of companies.

UG views this acquisition as strategic and complementary to its large market share in Canada. The acquisition allows for the expansion of ATC’s existing services and valued client relationships across the Pacific Northwest. UG will provide ATC with support and resources to enable its ambitious growth objectives. UG looks forward to advancing its purpose of “providing peace of mind” to ATC employees and clients. Together UG and ATC will focus on UG’s core values of being “passionate, authentic and driven” in everything it does, each day in the delivery of UG services.

The Universal Group’s CEO, Michael Menzies, COO, Kobie Brandt, and CFO, Dave Barkwell, along with the entire UG team are thrilled to welcome ATC and its employees to the UG family of companies.

For more information about the ATC acquisition or UG’s strategic vision, please contact Dave Barkwell at dbarkwell@theuniversalgroup.ca.


About Universal Group

Universal is the largest traffic management and control services provider in Canada. Universal provides traffic control personnel, lane closure services, traffic control equipment, traffic management plans, road maintenance and other services. The company is headquartered in Langley, British Columbia with locations across British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, Québec and Washington State. For additional information, please visit www.theuniversalgroup.ca.