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Allied Universal

Allied Universal
IndustrySecurity, Security Systems, Janitorial, Event Staffing, Surveillance, Security Technology
Founded2016 (Merger of AlliedBarton and Universal Services of America)
HeadquartersSanta Ana, California, USA
Area served
United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Mexico, Honduras, Nicaragua[1]
Key people
Steve Jones, (Chairman and CEO)[2]
RevenueIncrease$8.5 billion
Number of employees
Over 250,000 (January 2021)[3]
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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.[4] 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.[4][5]

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.[6]

The company is headquartered in Santa Ana, California.[4]


Allied Universal started as two different companies: AlliedBarton and Universal Protection Services.[7]


AlliedBarton was founded as Allied Security in 1957 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania as a provider of contracted security guards and related services.[8]

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.[9]

Universal Protection Service

Universal Protection Service was founded in 1965.[10] It started as a janitorial company and expanded into security by 1969.

Post merger (2016 - present)

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.[7]

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.[11] 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.[12] 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.[11] In July, Allied Universal announced the purchase of Georgia-based US Security Associates along with its affiliate Staff Pro for $1.5 billion.[13]

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.[14] 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.[15]

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.[6]


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.[16]

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.[7]


Allied Universal operates in North America, the United Kingdom, Honduras and Nicaragua.[1] The company maintains its headquarters in Santa Ana, California.[4] As of December 2019, it employed over 230,000 people.[3] As of January 2021, Steve Jones was the company's Chairman and CEO.[2]


  1. ^ a b "Mark Mullison, CIO at Allied Universal Discusses Artificial Intelligence, Cyber Security, and the Launch of HELIAUS". Business World IT. June 20, 2019. Retrieved 2021.
  2. ^ a b "Steve Jones Chairman/CEO". Bloomberg. Retrieved 2021.
  3. ^ a b "Allied Universal Buys 4th Company in Month". OCBJ. December 2, 2019. Retrieved 2021.
  4. ^ a b c d "How the nation's largest security-guard firm adapts to changing threats". LA Times. August 4, 2016. Retrieved 2021.
  5. ^ "Universal Services to Merge". OCBJ. May 3, 2016. Retrieved 2021.
  6. ^ a b "G4S agrees to be acquired by Allied Universal". Security Systems News. December 8, 2020. Retrieved 2021.
  7. ^ a b c Cosgrove, Anne (August 1, 2016). "New Allied Universal Formed, Offers Security Services". Facility Executive - Creating Intelligent Buildings. Retrieved 2017.
  8. ^ Bray, Chad (June 30, 2015). "Wendel Agrees to Acquire AlliedBarton Security for $1.67 Billion". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2021.
  9. ^ "Allied Security to acquire Barton Protective Services - Atlanta Business Chronicle". Atlanta Business Chronicle. May 24, 2004. Retrieved 2021.
  10. ^ Nichols, Meagan (July 28, 2015). "Memphis security giant Guardsmark bought". Memphis Business Journal. Retrieved 2016.
  11. ^ a b "Durham City Council Approves Contract With Company Accused of Harassment, Discrimination". Indy Week. May 18, 2018. Retrieved 2021.
  12. ^ "LaDonna". This American Life. May 18, 2018. Retrieved 2021.
  13. ^ "Allied Universal to buy U.S. Security Associates for $1 billion". Reuters. July 15, 2018. Retrieved 2021.
  14. ^ "Maze ransomware shuts down with bizarre announcement". Computer Weekly. November 2, 2020. Retrieved 2021.
  15. ^ "Allied Universal Holder Completes Sale". OCBJ. December 16, 2019. Retrieved 2021.
  16. ^ "Allied Universal Security Services LLC". Bloomberg. Retrieved 2021.

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