|Industry||Security, Security Systems, Janitorial, Event Staffing, Surveillance, Security Technology|
|Founded||2016 (Merger of AlliedBarton and Universal Services of America)|
|Headquarters||Santa Ana, California, USA|
|United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Mexico, Honduras, Nicaragua|
|Steve Jones, (Chairman and CEO)|
Number of employees
|Over 250,000 (January 2021)|
Allied Universal is an American provider of security systems and services; janitorial services; and staffing. The company was formed in 2016 by the merger of Santa Ana, California-based security and janitorial services company Universal Services of America, and Conshohocken, Pennsylvania-based security firm AlliedBarton Security Services. The combined company is reportedly the largest provider of security guards in the United States, with 140,000 trained officers between the two companies at the time of the merger.
In December 2020, Allied Universal extended a $5.1 Billion takeover offer for British security firm G4S, which if successful, would create a combined company reportedly employing more than 750,000 people globally with revenues of more than $18 Billion USD.
The company is headquartered in Santa Ana, California.
Allied Universal started as two different companies: AlliedBarton and Universal Protection Services.
In 2004, Allied Security acquired Malden, Massachusetts-based Security Systems Inc. (SSI) and Atlanta, Georgia-based Barton Protective Services to form AlliedBarton Security Services - creating the largest American-owned contract security services company in the United States.
Universal Protection Service was founded in 1965. It started as a janitorial company and expanded into security by 1969.
In 2016, AlliedBarton and Universal Services of America merged to form Allied Universal. In February 2017, the company officially began operations under its new name. After the merger, Allied Universal was considered the largest security company in North America.
In January 2018, the company paid $90,000 to settle a religious discrimination lawsuit from a Muslim employee in California who sought a religious exemption to the company's grooming standards and was fired. Also in 2018, the radio program This American Life ran an hour-long feature story about widespread sexual harassment and racism at Allied and the company's lack of response to it. In response to the allegations, the company issued a statement saying these "isolated incidents are not indicative of our culture and work ethic," and it has "zero tolerance against sexual harassment." A related case was later voluntarily dismissed at the plaintiffs' request. In July, Allied Universal announced the purchase of Georgia-based US Security Associates along with its affiliate Staff Pro for $1.5 billion.
In 2019, the company was attacked with a ransomware scheme by the Maze group that turned out to be a stunt designed to warn companies about system security flaws. In December, majority owner Wendel sold most of its stake in Allied Universal to Canadian pension fund Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ), and a new investment group led by investment company Warburg Pincus and an affiliate of the investment company J. Safra Group.
In December 2020, the Board of Directors and Shareholders for British security firm G4S unanimously accepted a takeover offer of $5.1 Billion USD from Allied Universal. The combined companies would reportedly employ more than 750,000 people globally with combined revenue of more than $18 Billion USD.
Allied Universal provides security products and services, including access control, intrusion, alarm detection, and IP-based video systems; janitorial; transition planning; green cleaning; and staffing services.
The company's divisions are Allied Universal Security Services; Allied Universal Technology Services; Allied Universal Risk Advisory and Consulting Services; and Allied Universal Event Services.
Allied Universal operates in North America, the United Kingdom, Honduras and Nicaragua. The company maintains its headquarters in Santa Ana, California. As of December 2019, it employed over 230,000 people. As of January 2021, Steve Jones was the company's Chairman and CEO.