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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Construction Supply Holdings, A Portfolio Company of The Sterling Group, Acquires Stetson Building Products, Inc.

HOUSTON, TX (December 30, 2016) – The Sterling Group, a Houston-based middle market private equity firm, announced the acquisition of Stetson Building Products, Inc. Stetson is the third business comprising the newly formed Construction Supply Holdings. Stetson is a management owned construction supply distributor with nine branches and a distribution center in the Midwest. In November 2016, Sterling completed the simultaneous acquisitions of Brock White Company, LLC and Border Construction Specialties, LLC to form Construction Supply Holdings. Each an industry leader in their respective markets, Brock White and Border have strong branch footprints in the Western Canada, the Upper Midwest and the Southwest. The addition of Stetson further expands the company’s presence in the Midwest and adds technical expertise in …

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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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