In 2016, The Universal Group began as a collection of several independent companies managed by local BC entrepreneurs focused on flagging, traffic control, personnel services to the construction industry and safety education. Those companies included Universal Flagging, GOtraffic, M3 Personnel and Universal Health and Safety.
Since 2016, the company has flourished with exponential growth driven by an aggressive mergers and acquisition strategy.
An aggressive growth strategy
The Universal Group, led by Michael Menzies and Kobie Brandt, partnered with CAI Capital Partners in 2020, bringing Ansan Traffic Group into the fold allowing the company to become a regional operation with expansion of operations outside of the Greater Vancouver area.
Sets it sights on Western Canada
Continued expansion came three short months later with the acquisition of Valley Traffic Systems based in Langley, BC, which included both traffic control operations and state of the art sign manufacturing operations. The purchase of Valley Traffic cemented The Universal Group as the largest traffic management company in BC. Entry into Alberta came shortly thereafter with an operation based in Edmonton.
Despite the pandemic, opportunities for further growth continued. 2021 was a year of significant acquisitions beginning with the opportunity to branch out into Landscaping and Municipal Maintenance with the purchase of Earth Enterprises and Victoria Contracting.
Eastern Canada becomes a reality
During the second half of 2021, The Universal Group expanded outside of Western Canada acquiring Beacon Lite and Signebec in Ontario and Quebec. The Beacon Lite and Signebec purchase provided the company with both traffic control operations and sign manufacturing in Eastern Canada.
The most recent acquisition for The Universal Group has given the company an opportunity to further its operations throughout Quebec. In May, Groupe Signalisation, based in Sherbrooke, QC, its seven locations and sign manufacturing operation operating as Goliax became part of The Universal Group of companies.
Our history will continue to unfold as we look for the next opportunity to expand our operations within Canada and into the US.