CoolSys Acquires Universal Refrigeration

Strategic Acquisition Strengthens CoolSys Presence in Pacific Northwest Region

BREA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–CoolSys, the market-leading provider of sustainable refrigeration, HVAC, energy and engineering solutions, announced its acquisition of Universal Refrigeration, Inc., an HVAC service provider with expertise in the installation and servicing of heating, air conditioning and refrigeration systems for commercial, industrial and residential customers throughout Western Washington. Through this acquisition, CoolSys will deepen its market presence and service network in the Pacific Northwest region.

“This acquisition represents an important step in our plans for growth and success as CoolSys builds upon its strong nationwide market leadership,” said Rich Wyckoff, chief executive officer and president at CoolSys. “We look forward to welcoming the Universal Refrigeration team into the CoolSys family of companies and to joining forces with them to serve the HVAC needs of our customers in the Pacific Northwest region.”

Founded in 1985 with headquarters in Auburn, Wash., Universal Refrigeration provides a range of services, including new project design, build services, installation, repairs, and ongoing maintenance. With its experienced team, Universal also assists customers in selecting and installing energy-efficient replacement heating and cooling systems, including heat pumps and ductless HVAC solutions.

“As we join CoolSys, we look forward to continuing our legacy of top-quality HVAC solutions and customer service while bringing new capabilities offered by CoolSys to our customers,” said Chris Gates, who co-owns Universal Refrigeration with Bryan Galvin.

“We are proud to have served the Western Washington region for more than three and a half decades and our team maintains its commitment to serving our loyal customers for years to come,” Bryan added.

About CoolSys

CoolSys is the market-leading provider of sustainable refrigeration, HVAC, energy, and engineering solutions for customers in the grocery, retail, food service, industrial, education, healthcare, and government sectors. From engineering, design and installation to service, maintenance, energy optimization, and end-of-life asset recommercing, CoolSys businesses cover the entire lifecycle of mission-critical HVAC and refrigeration systems. Headquartered in Southern California, CoolSys has more than 3,200 employees nationwide, serving the daily needs of more than 45,000 customer locations across North America. For additional information, please visit

About Universal Refrigeration

Headquartered in Auburn, Wash., Universal Refrigeration provides a broad range of HVAC expertise in both the installation and servicing of refrigeration, heating and air conditioning systems. Since 1985, it has been serving customers throughout the Puget Sound, including Kent, Wash., Renton, Tacoma, Auburn, Federal Way and Bremerton, Wash. Licensed in the state of Washington, the company’s HVAC and administrative team provides services on all heating and air conditioning systems in addition to assisting customers in selecting replacement systems and solutions.