The Sterling Group acquires West Star Aviation

West Star Aviation has been acquired by The Sterling Group, an operationally focused middle-market private equity firm from the previous investor Norwest Equity Partners (NEP), a leading middle-market investment firm.

“Sterling’s employee-focused approach to its business partnerships and its expertise in the general aviation space makes it 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,” Rankin continued.

“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,” Elliott continued.

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