The Sterling Group, L.P. Announces Acquisition of CST Industries, Inc.

HOUSTON (August 11, 2006) – The Sterling Group, L.P. (“Sterling”), a Houston-based private equity firm, today announced that it has finalized the acquisition of CST Industries, Inc. (“CST”) from CSTI Holdings LLC, an entity controlled by Don Wagner, CST’s President and CEO, and George K. Baum Capital Partners, L.P., a Kansas City, Missouri-based private equity fund. Headquartered in Kansas City, Kansas, CST is a leading global manufacturer and erector of factory coated metal storage tanks. The Company’s comprehensive product offering includes bolted and factory welded tanks for use in a wide variety of applications, aluminum geodesic domes, and agricultural feed and waste storage systems. CST serves numerous end markets including water, wastewater, fire protection, oilfield, agriculture, industrial liquid, plastics, chemicals, …

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Panolam Industries Completes Acquisition of Nevamar to Form Premier Decorative Laminates Company

HOUSTON (March 1, 2006) – Panolam Industries International, Inc., the North American market leader and innovator in the decorative laminate panel industry, today announced that it has finalized its acquisition of all the outstanding equity securities of Nevamar Holdco, LLC, the parent of Nevamar Company, LLC, a leading manufacturer of decorative surface products. Panolam is a portfolio company of private equity firms Genstar Capital, LLC and The Sterling Group, L.P. With four manufacturing and six distribution centers located throughout the United States, Nevamar designs and sells decorative laminates and other surfacing materials used in commercial and residential furniture, fixtures, and cabinet markets, as well as the graphic arts industry. Nevamar features brand names including Nevamar(R), Pluswood(TM), Vinylface(TM), Lamclad(TM), and Quinella(TM). …

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The Sterling Group Completes Sale Of Exopack

HOUSTON (October 17, 2005) – Private equity firm The Sterling Group, L.P. today announced that they have finalized the sale of Exopack Holding Corp. to Sun Capital Partners, Inc. Exopack offers one of the broadest product offerings in the flexible packaging industry, supplying both industrial and consumer markets with a variety of paper and plastic packaging options. 2004 revenues were approximately $510 million. Exopack was purchased in 2001 from International Paper and held in The Sterling Group’s Fund I. The operating subsidiary, Exopack LLC, will continue under the leadership of President and CEO Stan Bikulege. “Exopack exemplifies our investment philosophy – to partner with the management and employees, focus on strategic initiatives to grow the business and create value for …

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