Universal Packing and Gasket (UP&G) was founded on July 2, 1940. In the beginning, UP&G was a fabricator of gaskets and packings for the general industry and support of the war effort.
UP&G developed and obtained its first patent on a hinge type “Vee” packing. Since this initial patent, the Company has obtained over 35 patents on various sealing devices including reciprocating pump packings, molded rubber seals, molded mud pump piston rubbers, mechanical seals, pump gaskets, molding presses, and various sporting goods items.
The Company changed its name to Utex Industries, Inc. to reflect its broader capabilities.
Utex acquired Applied Rubber Technology to expand its rubber molding capabilities. Today, Utex is the largest rubber molder in the Southern United States. Utex and Applied Rubber have the ability to compression mold, transfer mold and injection mold rubber, rubber-coated fabric, rubber and metal bonding, and rubber and plastic parts up to 80” in diameter.
Utex purchased AccuSeal and moved the operation to Houston from its Denver location. AccuSeal manufactures high performance polymeric seals and component parts for general and extreme performance parameters.
Utex expands capabilities with acquisition of CAM Specialty Products a designer of high performance urethane products and solutions. This acquisition also gives Utex ability to design and machine highly engineered molds to fit almost any custom application.
Utex continues growth momentum with acquisition of Arefco Seals & Arefco Specialty Products a European based supplier of high performance sealing products and solutions that focuses on the Oil & Gas and various high-end Industrial markets. As of 2020 the Arefco affiliation no longer exists but Utex has a Sales office in the UK to keep serving its customers internationally.
Utex acquires Energy Products, Inc. (EPI) a Tulsa, Oklahoma, based company that is a manufacturer and distributor to top tier well service customers. EPI also has a background in fabrication, distribution, logistics, and warehousing solutions. This acquisition broadens Utex capabilities by expanding beyond sealing to all fluid end expendables.