Energy and industrial maintenance and turnaround specialist Universal Plant Services is acquiring Houston Controls in a deal that expands its reach into instrument, electrical and analytical services.

Universal Plant Services, also based in Houston, provides installation, maintenance and repair services for rotating, fixed and reciprocating equipment, including turnarounds and capital projects. Houston Controls, founded in 2005, is focused mainly on the oil, gas and petrochemical industries.

“For three decades, UPS has built a legacy organization of mechanical service offerings in the industrial service market, working in tandem with electrical craftsmen,” said Bradley Jones, co-CEO of UPS parent Jones Industrial Holdings. “With the addition of Houston Controls and its leadership, talent and experience, UPS is excited to utilize this additional, integral service line as a more comprehensive solution for our customers.”

Dennis Johnston, the founder, former owner and president of Houston Controls, will continue to manage the business and serve as an instrumental member of the leadership team.

“Houston Controls is very proud to be a part of Universal Plant Services and its values and commitment to service and quality that enable them to be the industry leader,” Johnston said. “With business principles closely aligned, we are confident our clients and respective employees will greatly benefit from our combined strengths and expertise. This partnership will enable us to service our clients’ specialty needs across multiple disciplines.”

Universal Plant Services employees about 3,000 people within 15 full-service facilities. Houston Controls has 450 employees mainly in the Gulf region of Texas.