The Kapukchyan brothers at Universal Iron Doors prove that potentially forces are not necessarily bad for business. Sam, the general manager and the ultimate salesman, and Marat, the designer and owner, complement each other’s opposing personalities, which keeps the company strong, and contributes to a successful history of partnership for nearly a decade.
When the Passion for Iron’s started
The young company’s rich history dates back to the 1800s. Marat and Sam are fifth generation of Kapukchyan blacksmiths and have been in the family iron business for over 150 years. The American-based chapter of the Kapukchyan blacksmiths’ journey began 30 years ago when Sam and Marat’s grandparents came to this country from Armenia.
The Foundation of Universal Iron Doors
Marat has always been into the art of blacksmithing and started learning the trade as a boy. In 2006, Marat laid the foundation for Universal Iron Doors and Hardware Inc. by investing in a factory in China, where he began manufacturing his iron works. A year later, Sam joined the business venture. As time progressed, so did the success of the business.
The creation and Quality of our Iron Door.
Universal Iron Doors is located in Sun Valley, CA. In a 16,000-square-foot building, which includes the warehouse (where the production process takes place). The office (where the business is run), and the showroom (where the beautiful iron works from the inventory are displayed). Sam runs the office, and handles the sales and managerial tasks for the business. Marat helps with installations, runs the back shop, and creates the designs. Each month, Universal Door ships about 120 from their factory in China to the shop in California. Owning the factory in China is what allows Universal to offer great pricing.