Safe Fleet, A Portfolio Company of The Sterling Group, Acquires Randall Manufacturing

HOUSTON, TX (January 16, 2017) – The Sterling Group, a private equity firm based in Houston, Texas, announced that its portfolio company, Safe Fleet, has completed the acquisition of Randall Manufacturing LLC (“Randall”). This marks Safe Fleet’s eighth acquisition during Sterling’s ownership.  Safe Fleet is a leading supplier of safety components for fleet vehicles. Based in suburban Chicago, Illinois, Randall is a leading manufacturer of specialized safety products used mainly in refrigerated semi-trailers in connection with the transportation of food and beverages. “Randall is an excellent addition to Safe Fleet’s portfolio. Through innovation and consistent execution, Randall has developed a high level of brand equity and trust with their customers and end-users,” stated John Knox, CEO of Safe Fleet. “The …

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Dexter Axle, a Portfolio Company of The Sterling Group, Completes the Acquisition of AL-KO Vehicle Technology to Form DexKo Global Inc.

HOUSTON, TX (January 4, 2016) – The Sterling Group, a middle market private equity firm, today announced that its portfolio company, Dexter Axle, has completed the acquisition of AL-KO VT. The combined companies have been renamed DexKo Global Inc. Today’s acquisition and the formation of DexKo Global Inc. creates the global leader in trailer axle and chassis supply with sales approaching nearly $1 billion. AL-KO is Dexter’s fourth acquisition under Sterling ownership and its third corporate carve-out. Dexter completed the carve-out from the family-owned AL-KO Kober SE, who will remain a significant shareholder in DexKo Global Inc. Headquartered in Kötz, Germany, AL-KO VT is the leading European designer and manufacturer of trailer axles, trailer and caravan components, chassis and motorized …

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The Sterling Group Completes the Sale of Universal Fiber Systems to HIG

HOUSTON, TX (October 2, 2015) – The Sterling Group, a private equity firm based in Houston, Texas, announced that it has completed the sale of Universal Fiber Systems (“UFS”) to funds managed by HIG. Headquartered in Bristol, Virginia, UFS is a leading manufacturer of high-performance, specialty synthetic fibers for niche segments of the commercial carpet, transportation carpet and specialty apparel industries. During Sterling’s ownership, EBITDA has grown by over 70% based on a series of strategic and operational initiatives focused on market share growth, international expansion and cost savings and other margin improvement programs. This growth was accomplished in the face of a difficult market environment for nearly half of the company’s business serving commercial construction customers. “Sterling was fortunate …

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