Universal Handling Equipment Company
Universal Handling Equipment began operation in the early 1960’s as a wholly owned subsidiary of a scrap metal company that made lugger containers for its parent company. It operated in that way until 1978 when it was sold to the Gerrard family who recognized the company’s untapped potential. The organization’s focus was expanded and a more complete line of waste and disposal equipment was introduced to accommodate the growing demands of an expanding industry. High levels of demand lead to the opening of a new branch operation in Red Deer, Alberta. This decision allowed Universal to act as a national supplier and showed its commitment to the industry. As growth continued, in 1994 Universal Handling Equipment expanded internationally to Owosso, Michigan. This expansion allowed Universal to serve the north central United States and become a dominant player there.
By 1981, Universal Handling Equipment had established a reputation in the industry for developing innovative products and delivering quality service – values that the organization still focuses on today.