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click image to zoom “L.J. Smith will benefit the entire group and will help Universal continue its growth as a full-service stair parts supplier,” said former co-owner Tom Hopson. “We feel that this acquisition is beneficial to all of our employees because it allows the scale, capacity and resources of L.J. Smith to enhance their personal achievement.”
“The joining of forces will give us a strong manufacturing and distribution foothold in the Southeast and therefore bring added capabilities which will further strengthen our commitment to serve our customers,” said Craig Kurtz President of L.J. Smith.
Former Universal co-owner Jeff Moyer noted, “L.J. Smith has promised to maintain current operations while investing new dollars in updating equipment, and upgrading computers to allow us to serve the customer more efficiently.”
Despite the ownership change, the Georgia operation will remain the same and will continue to market under the name Universal Stair Parts.
Founded in 1885, L.J. Smith Stair Systems says it is the largest manufacturer of stair parts in the country. The company is headquartered in Bowerston, OH and serves all 50 states from 9 distributions branches and 4 manufacturing centers across the U.S.
It was founded in 1885 by L.J. Smith, who began
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