The Sterling Group Closes $470 Million Private Equity Fund

HOUSTON (May 25, 2005) – 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 …

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