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January 27, 2015

The Sterling Group Builds a Leading HVAC Manufacturer Under the Name Specified Air Solutions

The Sterling Group, a middle market private equity firm based in Houston, Texas, today announced Specified Air Solutions as the new name for its portfolio of HVAC companies. The company previously operated under the name Roberts-Gordon LLC and was acquired by Sterling in July 2014.

Specified Air Solutions is an international manufacturer of semi-custom commercial and industrial HVAC equipment, as well as industrial process and finishing equipment. The Specified Air portfolio includes many well known brands such as Addison, Rapid Engineering, Weather-Rite, Bananza, Phoenix Air Systems, Combat, and Roberts Gordon. Each of these product lines will retain their respective names serving a wide range of market applications including manufacturing facilities, warehouses, educational facilities, commercial buildings, health care facilities, food processing plants, and many more. The products are produced in five manufacturing facilities in the United States and the United Kingdom.

“Specified Air Solutions is a group of leading manufacturers in a number of HVAC applications,” said John Hawkins, Partner at The Sterling Group. “The company will focus on the significant organic growth opportunities that exist and will be the platform for acquisitions into complementary HVAC markets.”

President and CEO of Specified Air Solutions, Charley Brown said, “We have an excellent portfolio of product lines with valuable names in their respective markets, and we plan to meaningfully expand on the company‚Äôs prior success. The Specified Air Solutions name more clearly represents both our current identity and future aspirations in the market for semi-custom HVAC solutions.”

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 $500 million. Sterling has sponsored the buyout of 45 platform companies and numerous add-on acquisitions for a total transaction value of over $10.0 billion. Currently, Sterling has over $1.1 billion of committed capital under management through two funds. Current portfolio companies include CST Industries, Universal Fiber Systems, Express, B&G Crane, Saxco International, Liqui-Box, Dexter Axle, Safe Fleet, Specified Air Solutions and Aquatic.

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