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Founded In: 1961
Size: 20-49 Employees
Annual Vol: $1 million - $3 million

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Drywall & Texturing Specialists Servicing MN & WI
Veteran Owned Business

Universal Spray Co. was founded by Gerald Obraske in 1961. Gerald was a pioneer in the ceiling texturing industry developing an entire system for applying the products mechanically instead of the laborious hand-troweling which was the norm.

In 1975, Gerald started Universal Drywall Co., a partnership, with his son, Michael (Mike) Obraske. Mike had been working in the industry with his father since the late 60’s as a sander, finisher and spray man until he left for the Marine Corps. Upon his return, they started this sister-company to complement the work Universal Spray Co. had been doing for years now.

Early in the 1980’s, Mike aquired Gerald’s share of Universal Drywall Co. followed by his purchase of Universal Spray Co. in 1989. The companies were combined into Universal Spray & Drywall, Inc. which has been owned and operated by Mike since that time.

The business began primarily as a company subcontracted to work on residential projects. This made up about 90% of the business during the 1980’s and 1990’s. After the turn of the century, the market began to change in Minnesota, and Universal’s vast experience made them perfectly suited to slide into more commercial-type projects. Small commercial build-outs became a larger part of the business. Universal became more and more experienced in this side of the industry, adding trades like steel-stud framing, acoustical ceilings, specialty finishes, and even painting to the list of skills their contractors could rely on them for.

Today, Universal Spray & Drywall, Inc. is a complete framing and drywall company offering services of all types of projects. Holding true to a motto of “No job too big or too small”, the company prides itself on quality work done by reliable and committed craftsmen.

Universal remains a third-generation family owned and operated business today. Mike Obraske remains the CEO, and his wife, LuAnn is the CFO/Treasurer. Mike’s children, Keith Obraske & Crystal Hoppe, as well as his son-in-law, Craig Hoppe are all actively managing the business. Family core values are an important part of the way business is done at Universal. Honesty, integrity, the drive for excellence, and being a positive entity of the community are just some of the qualities that are brought to each and every job.

Our Mission Statement

Universal Spray & Drywall, Inc. will be the leader in quality Framing, Drywall, and Ceiling textures. Our commitment to God will enable us to keep service, integrity, and loyalty to our customers in front of us at all times. There is no project too large or too small that will not receive the attention to excellence which is our ultimate objective. Our Teamwork will help us achieve these goals by maximizing our level of efficiency and by being committed to the sales and growth of the company.

Veteran Owned Business

Founder Gerald Obraske was a WWII Navy Veteran, and current owner Mike Obraske, served in the Marine Corps.

What We Do

Products/Services Relating to Drywall Contractors
Products/Services Relating to Framing Systems--Light Gauge
Products/Services Relating to Carpentry Contractors
Products/Services Relating to Painting Contractors

Project Experience

Labor:
Non-Union Prevailing Wages (Davis Bacon)
Service Sector:
Public Private
Project Types:
New Alterations/Renovations Interior Fit-Ups
Project Size:
From $1,000 to $2,200,000
Commercial
Laboratory
Education (K-12)
School / College / University
Fire / Police Station
Gas Station
Hospital / Nursing Home
Hotel / Motel
House
Manufacturing Plant
Apartments & Condominiums
Office Building
Terminal - Airport / Bus / Railroad
Church / Synagogue
Restaurant
Jail / Prison
Parking Garage
Library
Museum
Club House / Community Center
Casinos
Mixed Use
Storage Facility / Warehouse
Grocery Stores
Theater
Assisted Living
Single Family Residential
Design Build
Auto Dealership / Service
Bank
Non-Residential Building
Animal Hospital / Kennel
Court House
Fitness Center
Medical Office
Post Office
Radio / Television Station

Service Areas

Preferred Brands & Manufacturers

Ace Hardware
Ace Hardware
Armstrong
Armstrong
Grabber Construction Products
Grabber Construction Products
Graco Inc.
Graco Inc.
Hilti
Hilti
Honda Generators
Honda Generators
Milwaukee Tools
Milwaukee Tools
National Gypsum
National Gypsum
Grainger Industrial Supply
Grainger Industrial Supply
Wisconsin Engines
Wisconsin Engines
3M
3M
3M Coatings
3M Coatings
USG (United States Gypsum)
USG (United States Gypsum)
Tremco
Tremco
Waco Scaffolding
Waco Scaffolding
3M Acoustical
3M Acoustical
Sto Corp.
Sto Corp.
ClarkDietrich Metal Framing
ClarkDietrich Metal Framing
Fastenal Industrial & Construction Supplies
Fastenal Industrial & Construction Supplies
Binks
Binks

Associations & Memberships

Member of Associated Builders and Contractors ABC ABC
Member of BBB (Better Business Bureau) A+ Rating BBB (Better Business Bureau) A+ Rating
Member of MetroNorth Chamber of Commerce (MN) MetroNorth Chamber of Commerce (MN)
Member of SAM SAM
Member of SAM (System for Award Management) SAM (System for Award Management)
Member of VOSB (Veteran Owned Small Business) VOSB (Veteran Owned Small Business)
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