About Universal Spray & Drywall

Drywall & Texturing Specialists Servicing Minnesota and Western Wisconsin

Universal Spray Co. was founded by Gerald Obraske in 1961. Gerald was a pioneer in the ceiling texturing industry developing an entire system for applying the products mechanically instead of the laborious hand-troweling which was then the norm.

In 1975, Gerald started Universal Drywall Co., a partnership, with his son, Michael (Mike) Obraske. Mike had been working in the industry with his father since the late 60’s as a sander, finisher and spray man until he left for the Marine Corps. Upon his return, they started this sister-company to complement the work Universal Spray Co. had been doing for years now.

Early in the 1980’s, Mike acquired Gerald’s share of Universal Drywall Co. followed by his purchase of Universal Spray Co. in 1989. The two companies were combined and became Universal Spray & Drywall, Inc. which has been owned and operated by Mike since that time.

The business began primarily as a company subcontracted to work on residential projects. This made up about 90% of the business during the 1980’s and 1990’s. After the turn of the century, the market began to change in Minnesota, and Universal’s vast experience, they were perfectly suited to slide into more commercial-type of projects. Smaller commercial build-outs became a larger part of the business, and as Universal became more and more experienced, trades like steel-stud framing, acoustical ceilings, specialty finishes, and even painting where added to the list of skills offered to our customers.

Today, Universal Spray & drywall, Inc. is a complete framing and drywall company offering all types of services.

Holding true to our motto of “No Job too big or too small”, Universal prides itself on quality work done by our reliable and committed craftsmen.

Universal remains a third-generation family owned and operated business with Mike Obraske leading the way as CEO, joined by his wife, LuAnn as the CFO/Treasurer and their children, Keith Obraske & Crystal Hoppe managing the day-to-day business activities.

At Universal, family core values are an important part of the way business is done. Every job is managed with honesty, integrity and the drive for excellence. Universal strives to be a positive entity to our community.

Our Mission Statement

Universal Spray & Drywall, Inc. will be the leader in quality Framing, Drywall, and Ceiling textures. Our commitment to God will enable us to keep service, integrity, and loyalty to our customers in front of us at all times.

There is no project too large or too small that will not receive the attention to excellence which is our ultimate objective. Our teamwork will help us to achieve these goals by maximizing our level of efficiency and by being committed to the sales and growth of the company.

Veteran Owned Business

Our founder, Gerald Obraske, was a WWII Navy Veteran, and current owner, Mike Obraske, served in the Marine Corps.

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