ROM and SMI Announce Combination

Belton, MO (September 30, 2013) – R·O·M Corporation and Specialty Manufacturing (SMI) announced today that they will combine under new ownership with The Sterling Group, of Houston, Texas. Both companies are industry-leading suppliers for specialty vehicle safety components.

The Sterling Group is focused on operational excellence and will help R·O·M and SMI continue to improve their organizations, providing better service and products to their customers. Sterling plans to continue the efforts and successes both companies experienced while operating as portfolio companies of Century Park Capital Partners. The combination of R·O·M and SMI gives the new organization increased size and resources.
“R·O·M and SMI offered a powerful combination of market leading businesses that consistently and reliably provided safety-related equipment to fleets in their respective industries for a collective 88 years,” said Gary Rosenthal, Partner at The Sterling Group. “The combination of these two businesses allows us to draw on the strengths of the two legacy organizations. Sterling will work closely with management to further improve operations and take advantage of numerous strategic and acquisition-related opportunities.”

“We are pleased to partner with Sterling to bring our companies together,” said Jeff Hupke, newly appointed President of the combined company. “We look forward to deepening our product offerings and expanding our ability to serve our customers.”

Joe Uebbing, newly appointed CEO of the combined company and former CEO of SMI added, “We are very excited to be part of the Sterling family. Their management team has a tremendous amount of operational and management experience that will enable Jeff and me to work with our teams to grow the business and be a better partner to our customers.”
As part of the announcement, both companies will continue operating and marketing the R·O·M and SMI brands. Primary points of contact at each company remain unchanged.

About R·O·M Corporation
R·O·M Corporation, founded in 1947, is headquartered in suburban Kansas City, MO and manufacturers products that improve worker productivity and reduce workplace accidents associated with slips, trips, falls, and muscle strains. The company employs talented tradesmen, machinists, engineers, and sales and customer service professionals in 13 different states and Canada. R·O·M product solutions are marketed to emergency responders, truck and trailer operators, telecommunication and utility workers, as well as other specialty vehicle-based occupations. R·O·M Corporation is ISO 9001-certified and also operates facilities in West St. Paul, MN, East Stroudsburg, PA, and Nesconset, NY. For more information on R·O·M please visit

About Specialty Manufacturing (SMI)
SMI was founded in the mid-1970s, and has become the industry leader in manufacturing safety equipment for the bus and rail markets. SMI is headquartered in Pineville, just outside of Charlotte, NC, and has operations in Murfreesboro, TN. The company enjoys a vast network of distributors within the US and EU that provides service and aftermarket parts. For more information on SMI, please visit