If you own a n automobile, boat or recreational vehilcle, you may be familiar with the vinyl graphics produced by Universal Products. Likewise, as you’ve walked through a grocery, convenience, or home improvement store there’s a good chance you’ve seen a label that was printed here.
Al and Laura Bost started Universal Products in Goddard, KS in 1977. From the early days of working out of their home’s cramped basement, Al and Laura kept three simple objectives in mind: quality, service and commitment. Over the years these objectives have remained, and today Universal Products is a highly respected industry leader in vinyl graphic converting, with a combined manufacturing facility encompassing over 165,000 sq. ft.
Al has always been visionary to continue to grow and see the company prosper.
Universal Products is in the business of making industries look good, literally. They create and manufacture striping and graphics that can add pizzazz and style to today’s cars, trucks and SUV’s. their staff of artists also create custom graphics that are designed specifically for a variety of manufacturers, including boats, jet skis and RV’s. Universal also supply sign shops the quality film and materials needed to create beautiful illuminated signs, as well as window, wall, floor and point-of-purchase displays. They have produced millions of labels in every shape, size and color imaginable. Their labels can be seen on computers, bottles, food packages, collers, camping equipment and electric tools, just to mane a few.
Owner Al Bost says, “dedicated, hard working employees are a major reason for Universal Products conotinuing success”. He also adds, “this dedication ensures that all divisions remain committed to providing friendly, prompt service, as well as high quality products.”
Universal Products, Inc. is a privately owned manufacturing company located in the heartland, and was founded in 1977 by Al and Laura Bost. The three objectives on which the company was founded, “Quality, Service and Commitment”, today remain the cornerstone of this ISO 9001 certified company.
Major processes include screen-printing, flexographic printing, digital printing, thermal die cutting, rotary die cutting, plotter cutting, air brushing, urethane doming, and dimensional badging.
Graphics producted by UPI decorate and identify a myriad of products not only in the U>S> but also around the world.
When Universal Products began, it was with three objectives in mind: quality, service and commitment. Over the years these objectives have stayed with us, and it is the people of Universal Products and their determination to live up to our slogan, that has made us a success. Based in the heartland, staffed by people with a pioneer work ethic, Universsal Products answers the vinyl graphic needs of customers representing every industry in Amercia. We are proud of our employees, and because of them, we are confident of our future.
Located in the melting pot of the vinyl graphic industry conversion
After forty years, universal products is still blazing with innovation
Al Bost repeats history-making innovations
Vinyl graphics in the 1970s was limited to screenprinted patch blocks or hand painted lettering.
The introduction of thermal die cutting or kiss cutting of pressure sensitive vinyl replaced the steel rule cutting of individual letters. Or hand cutting of individual letters from pressure sensitive vinyl.
Al Bost and Bob Chilton revolutionized the industry with the development of photo graphic line negatives to produce the zinc die etching that would eventually kiss cut the pressure sensitive vinyl using heat and pressure from hydraulic presses that they designed and manufactured.
Founded in September of 1977 by Al and Laura Bost, the initial mission was to provide vinyl graphics and striping to a network of installers for the Automotive Aftermarket. Production equipment was ordered and a new 5,000 square foot office and manufacturing facility was constructed in Goddard, Kansas. By the end of that year Universal Products, Inc. had an employment base of fifteen people designing, manufacturing and marketing it’s own line of vinyl graphics and striping.
By the first quarter of 1984, Universal Products, Inc. had expanded to an employment base of fifty people. Recognizing the need to diversify their market, Universal Products, Inc. targeted the RV or Recreational Vehicle and Boating Manufacturers Industries and thus developed the Custom Division.
In January of 1993, UPI added it’ first flexographic press producing roll labels.