California-based Universal Protection Service announced Monday that it has acquired Security Forces, Inc. and the company’s electronic security systems business SFI Electronics, Inc. (SFIE).
According to a statement, the acquisition of SFI and SFIE makes Universal the sixth largest security company in the U.S. and the fourth largest U.S.-owned security firm.
"SFI and SFIE have an unblemished reputation and are one of the strongest regional security providers in the U.S. I am extremely excited to have Larry and Heather O’Brien and all of the Security Forces team members part of Universal Protection Service," said Steve Jones, co-CEO and COO of Universal Services of America. "This acquisition is truly transformational and grants us the ability to provide true coast to coast service to our clients."
SFI has been a provider of guard services since 1949 and employs over 3,500 security professionals supported by 31 offices throughout the southeastern U.S. The acquisition expands Universal’s presence to Alabama, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.
"Our entire organization is excited to be part of Universal Protection Service. The combined resources of Universal and SFI/SFIE create an unmatched customer service delivery capability and allows both organizations to continue working directly with clients in defined geographic areas," said Larry O’Brien, chairman and CEO of SFI. "By coming together, we have created the best possible platform for further developing our innovative processes."