Houston, TX May 25, 2005

The Sterling Group Closes $470 Million Private Equity Fund

The Sterling Group, L.P., a Houston-based private equity firm focused on acquiring North American middle-market manufacturing, industrial service and distribution companies, today announced the final close of Sterling Group Partners II, L.P. (“Fund II”), with aggregate capital commitments of $470 million, including $20 million from the Principals of Sterling. Additionally, The Sterling Group announced the addition of two new members to the Sterling team. Gary Rosenthal, a former Principal with Sterling from 1989 to 1990, has rejoined as a Principal, and Kelly Boots has been named Chief Financial Officer.

The Sterling Group founded more than 23 years ago, is one of the oldest private equity firms in the United States. Sterling’s six Partners – Chairman Frank Hevrdejs, Billy Oehmig, Hunter Nelson, John Hawkins, Kevin Garland and Gary Rosenthal – have over a combined 80 years of experience with The Sterling Group.

The firm will use Fund II to continue to execute its strategy of partnering with management teams to drive strategic, operational and financial improvements in its portfolio companies. Historically, this has often occurred in acquisitions of spin-outs of non-core divisions of large corporations and family-owned businesses as well as buy-and-build strategies in fragmented industries.

Limited partners in Fund II include a diverse group of pension plans, fund-of-funds, university endowments, financial institutions, foundations and individuals. Lazard Freres acted as Sterling’s exclusive global placement agent for Fund II, and Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton and Garrison LLP acted as legal counsel.

About The Sterling Group, L.P.
The Sterling Group, founded in 1982 by the late Gordon Cain and Frank Hevrdejs, is a Houston-based private equity firm focused on acquiring middle-market manufacturing, industrial services and distribution companies between $100 million and $500 million in enterprise value. In total, the firm has made 29 platform and numerous add-on acquisitions totaling over $7 billion in transaction value. For more information, visit