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Ideal Industries

Ideal Industries
TypePrivately owned
IndustryManufacturing
Founded1916 in Chicago, Illinois
FounderJ. Walter Becker
HeadquartersSycamore, Illinois
Key people
ProductsConnectors, hand tools, testers, meters
Number of employees
1,225[1]
Websitewww.idealindustries.com

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]

  1. ^ https://www.dnb.com/business-directory/company-profiles.ideal_industries_inc.3516613e8797bcda15b6474399a8c386.html
  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.