The Sterling Group, an operationally focused middle market private equity firm, is pleased to announce the acquisition of West Star Aviation, LLC from Norwest Equity Partners. West Star is a provider of maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services to the business aviation industry providing maintenance, modification, and other services to aviation customers. West Star provides services at four primary locations in East Alton, Illinois; Grand Junction, Colorado; Chattanooga, Tennessee; and Perryville, Missouri, as well as fifteen mobile repair bases and satellite MRO facilities. West Star also provides parts distribution and composite repair services through its Avant and DAS businesses respectively.
Sterling has deep experience in the business aviation industry, having previously partnered with entrepreneur owners to build Lynx, an FBO Network. Greg Elliott, a Partner at The Sterling Group, has been involved in building several business aviation platforms in the past twenty years, including as either Chairman or Board Member of Lynx, Encore, Trajen, and Landmark Aviation.
"We believe that our experience coupled with West Star's industry-leading customer service capabilities will make us a powerful combination," said Greg Elliott, partner at The Sterling Group. "Jim Rankin has built a stellar leadership team, and we are eager to help accelerate their growth plans."
"Sterling's employee-focused approach to their business partnerships and their expertise in the general aviation space makes them the perfect fit for West Star," said Jim Rankin, CEO of West Star Aviation. "As we enter our 75th year, the combined efforts of our experienced employees, our founders, and now the Sterling team, will allow West Star to continue to offer the best customer experience in the industry."