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The Crosby Group Partners With Warriors 4 Wireless to Help Veterans Transition to New Careers


July 1, 2014 - Tulsa, OK

TULSA, OK--(Marketwired - June 30, 2014) - The Crosby Group ("Crosby"), which is home to leading brands Crosby, McKissick, Lebus, and National Swage, announced today a partnership with Warriors 4 Wireless. Crosby is donating mission critical lifting and rigging equipment and training as well as making a financial contribution to support Warriors 4 Wireless, an organization dedicated to helping veterans transition to new careers in the wireless industry.

Crosby's donated equipment will be used to train returning veterans who have completed their military deployments and now wish to seek full-time employment within the telecommunications industry, which is experiencing one of the most expansive build-out and upgrade periods ever. Communications Carriers, utilities, federal agencies, wireless vendors and system integrators across the U.S. are facing a critical shortage of qualified and trained workers to support critical projects, significantly impacting the entire wireless technology ecosystem. The majority of the skills required to keep pace with the industry-wide expansion align perfectly with those learned in wireless deployment, maintenance and technical support positions of the military, providing a great opportunity to support our returning veterans.

Jason Struthers, CEO of Crosby, stated, "Warriors 4 Wireless is a natural fit for Crosby in that it combines a shared passion to give back to our veterans with an industry that embraces the quality and safety that Crosby's rigging products and training represent. We are proud to support this venture that assists our veterans as they gain the necessary skills to ensure safety and success in their new vocations."

Kelley Dunne, President and Co-Founder of Warriors 4 Wireless, stated, "We are honored to be supported by The Crosby Group, which has long been a leader in the wireless infrastructure industry. Their partnership and support is a great example of supporting our nation's veterans to create long term, sustainable careers that will help transform the industry."

"This collaboration represents part of a broader effort for KKR's US-based industrial portfolio companies to partner with not-for-profit organizations that benefit from the use of the companies' products," said Pete Stavros, a Crosby Director and Head of KKR's Industrials investment team. "Crosby and Warriors 4 Wireless are a perfect match. Our servicemen and women coming home deserve strong support as they transition to new careers, and Crosby has the right equipment and training to do just that."

About Warriors 4 Wireless
Warriors 4 Wireless (W4W) is a non-profit formed to bridge the gap between the demand for trained and deployable wireless technicians and the thousands of qualified servicemen and women eager to transfer the skills they've learned in the military to civilian careers. Our organization provides training, advanced certification and transitional support for veterans, providing them with the building blocks they need for lucrative new careers in the telecommunications industry. For additional information about Warriors 4 Wireless, please call 855-W4W-JOBS (855-949-5627) or visit www.warriors4wireless.com.

About The Crosby Group
The Crosby Group is the global leader in the manufacturer of premium accessories used in material handling and rigging applications for a wide range of industries. The company, known for its uncompromising quality, premier customer service, and 'world-class' training programs, offers the broadest range of products suitable for the most demanding of operating conditions. Products include wire rope clips, hooks, shackles, lifting clamps, hoist rings, overhaul balls, snatch blocks, crane blocks and sheaves. The Crosby Group is a portfolio company of KKR. For additional information about Crosby, please call (800) 797-4611 or visit www.thecrosbygroup.com.

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Mike Wheeler
Director of Marketing
Crosby
918-832-5356
mikewheeler@thecrosbygroup.com

Michael Bornmann
Warriors 4 Wireless
703-928-1858
mbornmann@warriors4wireless.com

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