The Sterling Group Announces the Creation of New Construction Supply Platform


November 1, 2016 (HOUSTON, TX) – The Sterling Group, a Houston-based middle market private equity firm, announced the formation of a new platform in the construction supply distribution industry.  Today Sterling completed the simultaneous acquisitions of Brock White Company, LLC and Border Construction Specialties, LLC, each an industry leader in its respective markets.

Headquartered in St. Paul, Minnesota, Brock White was founded in 1954 and operates 29 branches in the Upper Midwest and western Canada.  Headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, Border was founded in 1955 and operates 10 branches in the Southwestern United States. Together, the new business will be a national leader in the distribution of construction materials, accessories and tools, primarily for professional concrete and masonry contractors in the United States and Canada. The combined company will have 39 branches with 625 employees and offer over 40,000 SKUs for nearly 20,000 customers. “Sterling has a vision to build a national leader in our industry, and we are thrilled about the partnership with Sterling and Border to execute on that plan,” said Rick Garland, President of Brock White. “Sterling’s experience in branch-based building products businesses and the opportunity to join forces with Brock White made Sterling the ideal partner for the next phase of our company’s growth,” said Brian Saker, CEO of Border.

“Both businesses have outstanding reputations as trusted partners for both suppliers and customers in their respective geographies,” said Brian Henry, a Partner at The Sterling Group. “We look forward to drawing on the unique strengths of the Brock White and Border organizations to continue to build the platform.” Sterling has a long history of partnering with management to build businesses and transform segments of the building products industry, including successful investments in Roofing Supply Group and American Bath Group.

About The Sterling Group

Founded in 1982, The Sterling Group is a private equity investment firm that targets controlling interests in basic manufacturing, distribution and industrial services companies. Typical enterprise values of these companies range from $100 million to $750 million. Sterling has sponsored the buyout of 50 platform companies and numerous add-on acquisitions for a total transaction value of over $10.0 billion. Currently, Sterling has over $2.2 billion of assets under management. For further information, please visit www.sterling-group.com.

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