Cook & Boardman, a distributor of commercial door entry solutions and systems integration services, has announced the acquisition of Memphis, Tenn.-based Universal Manufacturing Company. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

“We are thrilled to welcome Universal to the Cook & Boardman family of companies,” said Darrin Anderson, CEO of C&B. “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.”

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.

“Throughout our company's history we have been recognized for our excellent customer service,” said Universal president Russ Gordon. “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 name and customer contacts will remain unchanged as a result of the acquisition.

Cook & Boardman is a portfolio company of Littlejohn & Co. Universal represents C&B's seventeenth acquisition since being acquired by Littlejohn in October 2018.