About Universal Site Services | Property Maintenance Company

About Universal Site Services

A Complete Property Maintenance Company

At Universal Site Services we understand the value of a beautiful, well-maintained property. A space that’s clean, efficient, and up-to-date doesn’t just appeal to customers, it also increases the longevity of your property and ensures your daily operations run that much smoother. But we also know that keeping a property in top shape requires a lot of work, energy, and time you may not have to spare. That’s why we want to do the work for you.

Founded in 1958 in Silicon Valley, we’ve since grown into one of the largest full-site service maintenance companies on the West Coast. We help businesses, retail and industrial centers, homeowners associations, and municipalities throughout California, Nevada, and Arizona keep their properties clean, beautiful, and functional.

Owners of Universal Site Services in front of a sweeping truck.

Whatever you need — whether it’s fixing cracked asphalt or replacing trash receptacles — we’ve got you covered. Our friendly, competent ground-level work crews can handle graffiti abatement, landscaping needs, porter services, general maintenance, TI maintenance, parking lot sweeping, and residential street, highway, or construction sweeping, just to name a few.

Beyond doing the nitty-gritty work, we strive to make the entire process as easy as possible for you. To us, customer service is more than just another corporate department — it defines the way we practice business. From incoming calls with our receptionist to detailed meetings with our developer and product managers, we promise to provide exceptional, compassionate service tailored to your unique needs. Because as a family-owned and operated company, we care deeply about our relationships with our clients. Whatever you need to successfully upgrade and preserve your property, we’re here to make it happen.

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Our Company History

Leonard Vella is the founder of Universal Site ServicesOur family-owned and operated business started back in 1958 with Leonard J. Vella, a recent high school graduate eager to work hard and do something worthwhile. After spending long nights sweeping parking lots and selling service contracts during the day, Leonard soon realized the value of helping local businesses keep their properties free from dirt and debris. Seizing on the opportunity to build a new type of industry, Leonard purchased a small sweeper truck and started a property cleaning company under the name San Jose Commercial Services. His goal? To provide quality service and build a reputation on his integrity, reliability, and hard work.

As the Bay Area grew over the years, the company did, too, expanding to cities and regions beyond San Jose. In 1984, we changed the company name to Universal Sweeping Services, Inc. to better represent our expanding geographical scope. Over the next 25 years, we expanded our line of services as well, adding a team of experienced landscapers, pressure washers, and work crews to every territory we serviced. Then, in 2011, we gave the company its current name — Universal Site Services, Inc. — to reflect our work as a comprehensive exterior maintenance company. 

After retiring in 2005, Leonard — also known as the Grandfather of the Sweeping Industry — relinquished control of the company to his son and daughter, Joe and Gina Vella. Joe, who has worked at the company since the age of 16, brought with him insider exterior maintenance knowledge and years of first-hand experience to his new role. While Gina, who graduated from FIDM with a degree in fashion merchandising and design, brought her management and leadership skills from companies like Calvin Klein and Guess Jeans. The sibling duo vowed to lead the company with the same values their father committed himself to: loyalty, dedication, tenacity, teamwork, true grit, and the utmost respect for the “feet on the street” that make the business successful.

Under new leadership, we’ve continued to grow and build upon our foundation of stellar communication, quality service, and unwavering dedication to our clients. We’re proud to be recognized as the 14th largest woman-owned business in the Silicon Valley, and to employ steadfast, industrious men and women across three states, all of whom exhibit a true grit factor.