Cook & Boardman Acquires Specialty Distributor Universal Manufacturing

Universal Manufacturing is a full-service distributor of commercial doors, frames, hardware and Division 10 specialty products.

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The Cook & Boardman Group, a specialty distributor of commercial door entry solutions and systems integration services, announces the acquisition of Memphis, Tenn.-based Universal Manufacturing Co.

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Universal Manufacturing was founded in 1977 by Jimmy Freudenberg and is led by Russ Gordon, company president. UMCO is a full-service distributor of commercial doors, frames, hardware and Division 10 specialty products. The company serves general contractors and end users nationally from its base of operations in Memphis.

“We are thrilled to welcome Universal to the Cook & Boardman family of companies,” says Cook & Boardman CEO Darrin Anderson. “They are a highly respected business with a long history of serving national accounts. We look forward to providing their employees with additional resources and expanded opportunities.”

“Throughout our company’s history we have been recognized for our excellent customer service,” Gordon notes. “In Cook & Boardman, we found a partner that aligns well with our culture and shares our commitment to serving our customers and the industry.”

The company will continue to operate under the Universal Manufacturing name and customer contacts will remain unchanged as a result of the acquisition.

Cook & Boardman is a portfolio company of Littlejohn & Co. Universal Manufacturing represents Cook & Boardman’s 17th acquisition since being acquired by Littlejohn in 2018.

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