About Universal Limited, Inc.


Rick Howell, Universal’s CEO and the sole owner of the company, grew up working at Universal, which initially provided insulation services to the pulp and paper industry. Under his leadership, Universal has broadened its market presence to include the steel, cement, chemical processing, and power industries while expanding its service offerings to include insulation maintenance, roofing/siding, and painting.

Company Timeline

  • 1974 – Business launched by John and Sue Howell from the basement of their home
  • 1976 – Business moved to office building near Irondale, AL
  • 1989 – Officially incorporated as Universal Limited, Inc. and began serving the paper industry
  • 1995 – Expanded into the power industry by insulating its first gas turbine
  • 1996 – Rick Howell becomes President after his mother’s death
  • 2008 – Added scaffolding and siding service offerings
  • 2014 – First large-scale roofing/siding project (over 1 million sq. ft.)
  • 2014 – Rick Howell becomes sole owner and CEO
  • 2016 – Added painting as an additional service offering
  • 2016 – Relocated headquarters to Trussville, AL


We are proud to have a history of good relationships with our vendors, banking institutions, insurance brokers, accounting firms and business associates. Our balance sheet is strong and we maintain a substantial line of credit and bonding capacity to finance multiple large projects. We are listed by Dun & Bradstreet, Duns Number 60-250-3971.


Universal and it’s employees are committed to working safely. Our safety buy-in starts at the top and incorporates all the way down to the new hires. Our commitment is proven not only by our numbers, but most importantly, the longevity of our personnel.

Industry Involvement

At Universal we believe in continuously improving our services. One way we do this is through active participation in trade associations.

  • National Insulation Association
  • Associated Builders & Contractors
  • Associated General Contractors
  • National Safety Council
  • Southeastern Insulation Contractors Association
  • Society of Protective Coatings

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Meet the Universal Leadership Team

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