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Ideal Industries

Ideal Industries
TypePrivately owned
Founded1916 in Chicago, Illinois
FounderJ. Walter Becker
HeadquartersSycamore, Illinois
Key people
ProductsConnectors, hand tools, testers, meters
Number of employees

Ideal Industries is an American company that produces connectors, hand tools, testers, and meters for the electrical and telecommunications industries.[2]

The company manufactures many of its products in the United States.[3] It also owns Western Forge and Pratt-Read, the largest– and second-largest American-made producers of screwdrivers respectively at the time of their acquisitions.[4]

It is a competitor to Klein Tools, and its tools are sold at Lowe's and Ace Hardware stores as well as many independent distributors.[5]

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  2. ^ Ideal Industries. "About Us". Retrieved 2010-03-26.
  3. ^ McCrea, Bridget (2012-10-24). "Tapping into the power of Made in the USA". The Electrical Distributor Magazine. Archived from the original on 2014-09-13. Retrieved 2014-01-16.
  4. ^ Varnon, Rob (2010-06-25). "Workers hope for aid in closing". The Advocate. Retrieved 2014-01-16.
  5. ^ Murphy, H. Lee (1996-07-08). "Pliers Poker". Crain's Chicago Business. Retrieved 2014-01-16.