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April 03, 2018

The Sterling Group Credit Fund Announces Investment in Systems Control, Inc.

The Sterling Group Credit Fund (“Sterling Credit”) has participated in a second lien loan facility and made an equity co-investment in support of Comvest Investment Partners’ Holdings, LLC (“Comvest”) acquisition of Northern Star Holdings, Inc (“NS Holdings”) from its founders.

Headquartered in Iron Mountain, Michigan, NS Holdings through its primary subsidiary Systems Control, Inc. is a market leading manufacturer of customized, highly engineered control and relay panels and custom-built enclosures. Systems Control also provides engineering services for a blue chip customer base primarily consisting of highly rated public electric utilities. Systems Control is the number one player in the substation equipment enclosure end market with a differentiated reputation for zero defect solutions.

“Sterling Credit was founded to partner with strong sponsors such as Comvest in their efforts to grow and expand leading middle market businesses,” said Sean Davenport, Partner with Sterling Credit. “We look forward to supporting Comvest’s investment strategy in the years to come.”

About The Sterling Group Credit Fund

Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, The Sterling Group Credit Fund was founded in 2017 to provide junior debt capital, with a targeted allocation to equity, to support investments in growing and profitable middle market companies. Sterling Credit aims to partner with private equity sponsors to support their investment strategy, including the initial acquisition and ongoing capital needs for both organic and acquisition based initiatives. Sterling Credit targets investments in industries such as industrials, consumer, food and distribution. For further information, please visit www.sterling-group.com/credit.

Past performance is no guarantee of future results and all investments are subject to loss.



Acquisition

March 05, 2018

Construction Supply Group, a Portfolio Company of The Sterling Group, Acquires Zia Concrete Supply

The Sterling Group, a Houston-based middle market private equity firm, announced that its portfolio company, Construction Supply Group (“CSG”), has completed the acquisition of Zia Concrete Supply, a construction supply distributor operating out of Albuquerque, New Mexico since 1997.  Construction Supply Group is a 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 has 74 branches with over 1,150 employees and offers over 70,000 SKUs to nearly 25,000 customers.

Zia Concrete Supply is the seventh acquisition by Sterling as a part of the Construction Supply platform. In late 2016, Sterling acquired Brock White Company, LLC, Border Construction Specialties, LLC and Stetson Building Products to form Construction Supply Group. The company later executed a carve-out of five Gerdau distribution branches and the acquisitions of Carter Waters and Brock White of Wisconsin, extending its footprint throughout the Midwest. Following the transaction, Zia Concrete Supply will be integrated into CSG’s Southwestern business unit, Border Construction Specialties. “Construction Supply Group is the ideal partner for us,” said Mike and Grace Moore, Owners of Zia Concrete Supply. “Their platform will allow us to better serve our customers in the New Mexico market, and we are excited to grow with the business.”

“We look forward to partnering with Mike and Grace Moore and Zia Concrete Supply’s employees as we expand our footprint across the Southwest into New Mexico,” said Brian Saker, President of Border Construction Specialties. “This acquisition furthers our goal of providing comprehensive service and product offerings to professional contractors across North America,” said Mitch Williams, CEO of Construction Supply Group. Construction Supply Group will continue to seek further additions to its family of construction distribution businesses.

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 52 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.

Past performance is no guarantee of future results and all investments are subject to loss.



Acquisition

March 01, 2018

Lynx FBO Network, a Portfolio Company of The Sterling Group, Acquires Fly Arkansas’ Little Rock FBO

The Sterling Group, a middle market private equity firm based in Houston, Texas, today announced that its platform company, Lynx FBO Network, has completed the acquisition of the FBO assets of Fly Arkansas at Clinton National Airport in Little Rock, Arkansas. Fly Arkansas retains the FBO at Boone County Airport and Aircraft Management and Charter. In August 2016, Sterling launched Lynx, a buy-and-build effort in the FBO industry, and is executing a plan to build a leading FBO network providing general aviation services. This marks their sixth acquisition since inception.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Little Rock to our growing network,” said Chad Farischon, a partner with Lynx. “Such an optimal location will allow us to better serve our customers across the southeast.”

Sterling has assembled a strong and experienced team to build the network. Greg Elliott, a Partner at The Sterling Group, has been involved in building several FBO networks in the past fifteen years, including roles as the Chairman of Encore and Trajen, and Board member of Landmark Aviation. Chad Farischon, Tyson Goetz, and Matt DeLellis are former members of large networks including Trajen, Landmark Aviation and Atlantic Aviation. The management team purchased and integrated over 50 FBOs over the course of their careers.

“Little Rock is an ideal location for us to continue our network’s expansion,” said Greg Elliott. “This allows us to further execute on our vision to create a preeminent, best-in-class FBO network.” Lynx currently operates locations near Destin, Florida, Portland, Oregon, Minneapolis, Minnesota and now Little Rock, Arkansas. Lynx and Sterling are actively seeking acquisitions in North America.

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 52 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.

Past performance is no guarantee of future results and all investments are subject to loss.



Acquisition

January 03, 2018

Construction Supply Group, A Portfolio Company of The Sterling Group, Acquires Brock White of Wisconsin

The Sterling Group, a Houston-based middle market private equity firm, announced that its portfolio company, Construction Supply Group (“CSG”), has completed the acquisition of Brock White of Wisconsin, a construction supply distributor in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area. Construction Supply Group is a 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 has 73 branches with 1,150 employees and offers over 70,000 SKUs to nearly 25,000 customers.

Brock White of Wisconsin is the sixth acquisition by Sterling as a part of the Construction Supply platform. Brock White of Wisconsin spun out of CSG’s Brock White subsidiary in 1973 and has been operating in the Milwaukee area since that time. Following the transaction, Brock White of Wisconsin will be integrated into Brock White and will continue to go to market under the Brock White name. “Construction Supply Group and Brock White are the perfect fit for our company,” said Julie Anderson, Owner and President of Brock White of Wisconsin. “My father acquired the business from Brock White in 1973. By rejoining with Brock White, the business has come full circle. We are excited about the combined company’s future.”

“This acquisition continues our path toward building North America’s leading construction supply distributor. The business gives us better access to serve the Milwaukee market. We are excited to add another great team with many years of experience and success to the CSG family,” said Mitch Williams, CEO of Construction Supply Group.

In late 2016, Sterling acquired Brock White Company, LLC, Border Construction Specialties, LLC and Stetson Building Products to form Construction Supply Group. The company later executed a carve-out of five Gerdau distribution branches and the acquisition of Carter Waters, extending its footprint throughout the Midwest. Construction Supply Group will continue to seek further additions to its family of construction distribution businesses.

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 51 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.

Past performance is no guarantee of future results and all investments are subject to loss.



Acquisition

December 11, 2017

Safe Fleet, A Portfolio Company of The Sterling Group, Acquires MobileView® from Interlogix

The Sterling Group, a private equity firm based in Houston, Texas, announced that its portfolio company, Safe Fleet, has completed the acquisition of MobileView (“MOBILEVIEW”) from Interlogix, a part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp.  This marks Safe Fleet’s tenth acquisition during Sterling’s ownership, as well as their third corporate carve-out. Safe Fleet is a leading supplier of safety components for fleet vehicles.

MOBILEVIEW is the leading provider of mobile surveillance and video management solutions to more than 35,000 transit bus and rail vehicles in the United States. MOBILEVIEW’S products enable transportation professionals to capture, record, analyze, and control video evidence to enhance security, maximize resources, and increase vehicle uptime.

“MOBILEVIEW’S solutions are best-in-class servicing a significant number of transit agencies in North America. We believe the addition of MOBILEVIEW to Safe Fleet’s leading video positions in school and transit bus, fire, law enforcement, waste, and commercial markets extends Safe Fleet’s position as the largest global provider of video solutions to the fleet market,” stated John Knox, CEO of Safe Fleet.  Safe Fleet’s acquisition of MOBILEVIEW is the company’s sixth acquisition in the video and telematics sector.

“Sterling and Safe Fleet management have partnered together to build a winning business in Safe Fleet,” said Brian Henry, Partner at The Sterling Group.  “Through a series of organic initiatives and a wide variety of acquisitions, we have built a business that better serves customers.”

About Safe Fleet

Headquartered in Belton, MO, Safe Fleet owns a portfolio of brands that provide safety solutions to fleet vehicle manufacturers and operators around the world.  These brands serve several major markets including: Bus, Rail, RV, Truck & Trailer, Work Truck, Law Enforcement, Emergency, Waste, Industrial and Military.  With over 1,100 employees and 10 manufacturing locations, Safe Fleet targets markets with increasing demand for operator, passenger, and pedestrian safety. For more information about Safe Fleet and our portfolio of brands please visit www.safefleet.net.

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 51 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.

Past performance is no guarantee of future results and all investments are subject to loss.



Acquisition

October 25, 2017

Safe Fleet, A Portfolio Company of The Sterling Group, Acquires COBAN Technologies, Inc.

The Sterling Group, a private equity firm based in Houston, Texas, announced that its portfolio company, Safe Fleet, has completed the acquisition of COBAN Technologies, Inc. (“COBAN”). This marks Safe Fleet’s ninth acquisition during Sterling’s ownership.  Safe Fleet is a leading supplier of safety components for fleet vehicles.

COBAN is a leading supplier of body cameras and in-car video solutions for law enforcement.  “COBAN is an excellent addition to Safe Fleet’s portfolio.  We believe the combination of COBAN’s position in law enforcement with Safe Fleet’s leading video positions in School and Transit Bus, Fire, Waste, and Commercial markets establishes Safe Fleet as the largest global provider of video solutions to the fleet market,” stated John Knox, CEO of Safe Fleet.  “Safe Fleet/COBAN is now the only video provider able to comprehensively supply common and integrated video solutions to all First Responder departments as well as all municipal fleet markets.”

“The partnership with COBAN further strengthens Safe Fleet’s robust family of technology and safety solutions for a growing list of fleet end markets,” said Gary Rosenthal, Partner at The Sterling Group. COBAN marks the company’s fifth acquisition in the video and telematics sector.

About Safe Fleet

Headquartered in Belton, MO, Safe Fleet owns a portfolio of brands that provide safety solutions to fleet vehicle manufacturers and operators around the world.  These brands serve several major markets including: Bus, Rail and RV, Truck and Trailer, Work Truck, Emergency, Waste, and Industrial and Military.  With over 1,100 employees and 10 manufacturing locations, Safe Fleet targets markets with increasing demand for operator, passenger, and pedestrian safety. For more information about Safe Fleet and our portfolio of brands please visit www.safefleet.net.

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 52 platform companies and numerous add-on acquisitions for a total transaction value of over $10.0 billion. Currently, Sterling has over $2.1 billion of assets under management. For further information, please visit www.sterling-group.com.

Past performance is no guarantee of future results and all investments are subject to loss.



Acquisition

July 06, 2017

Construction Supply Group, A Portfolio Company of The Sterling Group, Acquires Carter Waters

The Sterling Group, a Houston-based middle market private equity firm, announced that its portfolio company, Construction Supply Group, has completed the acquisition of Carter Waters.  Construction Supply Group is a leader in the distribution of construction materials and accessories and tools, primarily for professional concrete and masonry contractors in the United States and Canada. The combined company has 72 branches with 1,150 employees and offers over 70,000 SKUs to nearly 25,000 customers.

Carter Waters is the fifth business acquired by Sterling as part of the Construction Supply platform. In late 2016, Sterling acquired Brock White Company, LLC, Border Construction Specialties, LLC and Stetson Building Products to form Construction Supply Group. Brock White, Border and Stetson have strong branch footprints in Western Canada, the Upper Midwest and the Southwest.  The company later executed a carve-out of five Gerdau distribution branches in the Midwest.  The acquisition of Carter Waters’ 19 construction distribution branches will expand the company’s lower Midwest footprint ranging from Kansas to Ohio.

“We are thrilled to welcome the Carter Waters team to the Construction Supply family. They have built an exceptional business that will continue to provide exceptional service to customers while expanding our footprint,” said Mitch Williams, CEO of Construction Supply Group.

The scale of Construction Supply has grown rapidly through the combination of 5 leading distributors, each with no more than 20 branches but with exceptional track records of growth, customer service and loyal customer relationships. Construction Supply Group will continue to seek further additions to its family of construction distribution businesses.

Willkie Farr & Gallagher provided legal counsel to Construction Supply Group.  Raymond James served as Carter Waters’ exclusive financial advisor.

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 51 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.

Past performance is no guarantee of future results and all investments are subject to loss.



Acquisition

May 03, 2017

Construction Supply Group, A Portfolio Company of The Sterling Group, Acquires Five Gerdau Construction Products Branches

The Sterling Group, a Houston-based middle market private equity firm, announced the acquisition of five distribution branches from Gerdau Construction Products. The branches will become a part of Sterling’s portfolio company, Construction Supply Group.

Construction Supply Group is a 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 has 53 branches with 850 employees and offers over 70,000 SKUs to nearly 25,000 customers.

In late 2016, Sterling acquired Brock White Company, LLC, Border Construction Specialties, LLC and Stetson Building Products to form Construction Supply Group. Brock White, Border and Stetson each have strong branch footprints in Western Canada, the Upper Midwest and the Southwest.  The acquisition of the five Gerdau branches in Appleton, Wisconsin; Madison, Wisconsin; Decatur, Illinois; Urbana, Illinois and Eldridge, Iowa will allow Construction Supply Group to further serve customers in those territories.

“The Gerdau branch additions will further strengthen our footprint and ability to provide exceptional service to customers. We look forward to partnering with the Gerdau employees as we continue to build the platform,” said Mitch Williams, CEO of Construction Supply 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 51 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.

Past performance is no guarantee of future results and all investments are subject to loss.



Acquisition

February 06, 2017

The Sterling Group Completes the Acquisition of Time Manufacturing Company

The Sterling Group, a middle market private equity firm based in Houston, Texas, today announced that it acquired Time Manufacturing Company (“Time”) from O’Flaherty Holdings Limited.

Headquartered in Waco, Texas, Time is a global designer, manufacturer, and distributor of vehicle-mounted aerial lifts primarily for the telecom and electric utility end markets.   Time has pioneered several brands within the aerial lift market, including the market leading Versalift brand. The business had been owned by the O’Flaherty family for over 40 years.

“Sterling is the right partner for Time as we continue to pursue the significant growth opportunities that exist for the company today,” said Charles Wiley, CEO of Time.  “The Time team is excited to partner with Sterling, and together we expect continued success in this next phase of our company’s history.”

“The team at Time has built the company into an industry leader that provides outstanding products and services to its customers, and we look forward to further supporting their future growth,” said Kent Wallace, a Partner at The Sterling Group. Sterling has a long history of partnering with management teams of family- and entrepreneur-owned businesses in the industrial sector.

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 over 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.

Past performance is no guarantee of future results and all investments are subject to loss.



Acquisition

January 16, 2017

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

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 Randall brand and product line strongly complements Safe Fleet’s truck and trailer offerings. We are delighted to welcome Fred Jevaney and the Randall organization to Safe Fleet.”

Safe Fleet provides a wide variety of safety-and productivity-oriented components to bus, rail, RV, truck and trailer, work truck, emergency, waste, industrial and military end markets. “The addition of the Randall team and product will further Safe Fleet’s ability to offer a full line of safety solutions to our wide range of fleet customers,” said Brian Henry, a Partner at The Sterling Group.

Safe Fleet has more than doubled in size during its partnership with Sterling and will continue to pursue both organic and acquisition related growth.

 About Safe Fleet

Headquartered in Belton, MO, Safe Fleet owns a portfolio of brands that provide safety solutions to fleet vehicle manufacturers and operators around the world.  These brands serve several major markets including: Bus, Rail and RV, Truck and Trailer, Work Truck, Emergency, Waste, and Industrial and Military. Within Truck and Trailer, the ROM and Bustin brands provide a variety of access and safety products specific to over the road semi-trailers, including refrigerated semi-trailers. With over 1,100 employees and 10 manufacturing locations, Safe Fleet targets markets with increasing demand for operator, passenger, and pedestrian safety. For more information about Safe Fleet and our portfolio of brands please visit www.safefleet.net.

 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.

Past performance is no guarantee of future results and all investments are subject to loss.