Universal Metal Hose


About Universal

Universal Metal Hose is the combination of three of the founding companies of the metal hose industry. Universal was founded in Chicago in 1942, and as the company grew it developed numerous processes for the fabrication of strip wound and corrugated hose, and the thin wall tubing used to form corrugated hose. A major advancement was a helical tube welder that reduced the stresses on the weld in corrugated hose, and permits the use of a single strip width for different tube diameters. The company patented many innovations and participated in cooperative agreements throughout Europe and Japan as well as the United Sates.

In 1993 Universal Metal Hose purchased the Allied Metal Hose Company that had been located in Long Island City, New York for over seventy years. Allied was merged with Universal in Chicago. The company manufactured a full line of strip wound and corrugated hose but it was most noted for production of "wrinkle belly" a heavy wall hose used for engine exhaust that was named by shipyards and engine users.

March 2000 was another turning point for Universal with the purchase of the assets of Anamet Industrial Inc. in Waterbury, Connecticut. The company was founded in 1908 as American Metal but was renamed Anaconda Metal Hose and later Anamet Industrial Inc. The company became a world leader in the production of both strip wound and corrugated hose, and pioneered the use of metal hose as refrigeration connectors known as "Vibration Eliminators®", interlocked stainless steel hose as telephone armor, and "tuner cable" to silence automobile hydraulic steering systems.

In September 2011, after sixty-nine years at the same location, Universal relocated to an eighty-four thousand square foot facility in South Holland, Illinois. The company has retained the complete capability to manufacture all of the Universal products as well as the Anaconda products. Universal's quality system is certified to ISO 9001.

Universal Metal Hose is a subsidiary of Hyspan Precision Products, Inc. Hyspan is a manufacturer of piping expansion products with facilities located in Chula Vista, California. 


Alarm Cord Armor

Bend Restrictor

Blow-out Protection Hose

Blower Hose


Bronze Corrugated Hose

Chimney Liners

Coated or Covered Hose

Control Cables

Coolant Hose

Electrical Armor

Engine Exhaust

Fiber Optics Armor

Grain Transfer Hose

High Crust Resistant Hose

Instrumentation Hose

Lined Hose

Packed Hose

Plastics Transfer Hose

Refrigeration Connectors

Rip Cord Housings

Smooth Bore Hose

Stainless Steel Hose

Tar and Asphalt Hose

Vibration Eliminator

Bar Hose Armor

Dish Washer Hose Armor

Contact Universal

 Universal Metal Hose
17111 Wallace Street
South Holland, IL 60473-2735
Voice: (773) 277-0700
Fax: (773) 277- 0708

Universal Metal Hose is located 20 miles south of Chicago Midway airport, and 40 miles southeast of Chicago O'Hare airport adjacent to the Tri State Tollway.

Office hours of operation:
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM Central Time Zone