CST Industries, Inc. Announces Acquisition of Conservatek Industries, Inc.

KANSAS CITY (May 1, 2008) – CST Industries, Inc. (CST), a global leader in the design, manufacture, and sale of factory coated metal storage tanks and silos, today announced that it has acquired Conservatek Industries, Inc. The Sterling Group, L.P. , a Houston-based private equity firm, is the majority owner of CST. Headquartered in Conroe, Texas, Conservatek is a leading manufacturer and installer of custom designed aluminum covers for various industries and applications worldwide. The Company’s broad product offering includes aluminum geodesic domes, extruded and formed flat covers, truss and joist supported roof structures and custom architectural cover designs for use in a wide variety of applications. Conservatek provides covers for storage tank applications in water, wastewater and petroleum as …

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The Sterling Group, L.P. Completes Acquisition of Universal Fiber Systems, LLC

HOUSTON, TX (October 26, 2007) – The Sterling Group, L.P. (“Sterling”), a Houston-based private equity investment firm, today announced that it has finalized the acquisition of Universal Fiber Systems, LLC (“UFS”), headquartered in Bristol, VA.. The acquisition was financed with equity primarily from Sterling Group Partners II, L.P. and debt financing was solely arranged by BNP Paribas. UFS is a leading niche manufacturer of high-performance, specialty synthetic fibers for niche segments of the commercial carpet, transportation carpet, and specialty textile industries. UFS acts as a strategic partner to its blue-chip customer base of leading commercial carpet manufacturers, Tier 1 automotive suppliers, and value-added textile manufacturers by supplying specialty yarn synthesized from nylon, polyester, and specialty polymers needed to produce a …

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Hudson Products Holdings, Inc. Completes the Acquisition of Smithco Engineering, Inc. and Metal Services, Inc.

Houston, TX (June 15, 2007) – Hudson Products Holdings, Inc. (Hudson), a global manufacturer of air-cooled heat exchangers and axial-flow fans, announced today that it has closed the acquisition of Smithco Engineering, Inc. and Metal Services, Inc., (collectively Smithco). The Sterling Group, L.P., a Houston-based private equity firm, is the majority owner of Hudson. Smithco, based in Tulsa, Oklahoma, manufactures large-scale air-cooled heat exchangers. Products include both forced and induced-draft heat exchangers which are sold to customers such as oil refineries, gas processors, gas transmission pipelines, power generation plants, utilities and chemical processing plants. Smithco was previously owned by Judy Smith of Laguna Beach, California. “I am pleased to welcome Smithco to the Hudson family,” said Chris Yunkun, CEO of …

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