Universal Group Expands in Northern British Columbia with the Acquisition of Energetic Traffic Control

Vancouver, BC (April 12, 2024) – The Universal Group is pleased to announce the latest expansion of its group of companies through the acquisition of Energetic Traffic Control Ltd. (“ETC”), a leading provider of comprehensive traffic management solutions based in Fort St. John, British Columbia. This strategic acquisition marks another milestone in our commitment to offering unparalleled traffic management services across Canada and the Pacific Northwest of the United States.

Energetic Traffic Control is well known for its highly versatile and knowledgeable team. With an unwavering commitment to safety, the company has set new standards in traffic control services across Fort St. John and the Peace Region. Their local expertise and significant experience with large, time-sensitive projects such as the Site C Clean Energy Project underscores their strong safety record and commitment to excellence.

Dini Smoler, the founder and Operations Manager of ETC, will continue to lead ETC following the acquisition. Dini brings extensive experience to the Universal Group family. Since obtaining her traffic control certification in 2006 and founding ETC in 2011, Dini has significantly grown the business from a small crew to a much larger dedicated team that she has today, serving an impressive array of customers.

With this acquisition, The Universal Group is able to increase its service area footprint in British Columbia allowing us to further support our customers with our full offering of traffic management services.

The Universal Group is excited to welcome Dini and all of her valued employees to the Universal Group family. This acquisition is a testament to our shared values and commitment to excellence.

For more information on this exciting development, please contact Dave Barkwell, CFO, dbarkwell@theuniversalgroup.ca.

About Universal Group
The Universal Group is the largest traffic management and control services provider in Canada with over 2,000 employees. The organization offers a comprehensive suite of services including traffic control personnel, lane closure services, traffic control equipment, traffic management plans, traffic sign manufacturing, among others. Its corporate headquarters are situated in Langley, British Columbia, with operational branches spread throughout British Columbia, Ontario, Québec, and Washington State.

Guided by a mission to deliver peace of mind to its clients and team members alike, The Universal Group fosters a culture where its workforce embodies the core values of being ‘Passionate, Authentic, and Driven’. These principles are not just abstract ideals but are the very essence of the organization’s identity and the cornerstone of its success. The company’s dynamic growth is fueled by an entrepreneurial spirit, with expansions into additional Canadian provinces marking a thrilling phase of growth.

In 2023, The Universal Group was recognized among Canada’s Best Managed companies, a distinction that mirrors the organization’s achievements and underscores the dedication and expertise of its employees. For more information about the company and its services, please visit www.theuniversalgroup.ca.