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Ideal Industries

Ideal Industries
Type Privately owned
Industry Manufacturing
Founded 1916 in Chicago, Illinois
Founders J. Walter Becker
Headquarters Sycamore, Illinois
Products Connectors, hand tools, testers, meters

Ideal Industries is an American company that produces connectors, hand tools, testers, and meters for the electrical and telecommunications industries.[1]

The company Pratt-Read, the largest– and second-largest American-made producers of screwdrivers respectively at the time of their acquisitions.[3]

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.[4]


Ideal was founded in 1916 by J. Walter Becker as the Ideal Commutator Dresser Company in Chicago, Illinois, manufacturing commutator dresser stones.[5] In 1924, Becker relocated the company to its current location in Sycamore, Illinois.[6] By 1949, it had become the United States' leading producer of wire nuts.[7]

In 2010, Ideal acquired three American hand tool manufacturers: [8][9] Pratt-Read in March,[10][11] and SK Hand Tools in August.[12][13][14]



  1. ^ Ideal Industries. "About Us". Retrieved 2010-03-26. 
  2. ^ McCrea, Bridget (2012-10-24). "Tapping into the power of Made in the USA". The Electrical Distributor Magazine. Retrieved 2014-01-16. 
  3. ^ Varnon, Rob (2010-06-25). "Workers hope for aid in closing".  
  4. ^ Murphy, H. Lee (1996-07-08). "Pliers Poker".  
  5. ^ Ideal Industries. "Company History". Retrieved 2010-03-26. 
  6. ^ Ideal Industries. "Recruiting brochure". Retrieved 2010-03-27. 
  7. ^ "Wire Nuts for Radio City".  
  8. ^ Heilman, Wayne (2010-01-04). "Western Forge to be sold to Ideal Industries".  
  9. ^ Heilman, Wayne (2010-01-05). "New owners to pump millions into Western Forge".  
  10. ^ "IDEAL Acquires Tool Manufacturer Pratt-Read" (Press release). Ideal Industries. 2010-03-22. Retrieved 2010-03-22. 
  11. ^ "Ideal Industries Acquires Pratt-Read to Add Hand-Tool Lines and Made-in-U.S. Capacity". Electrical Marketing. 2010-03-26. Retrieved 2014-01-16. 
  12. ^ Yue, Lorene (2010-08-23). "SK Hand Tool assets sold to Ideal Industries".  
  13. ^ "IDEAL Acquires Premier Tool Manufacturer SK Hand Tools" (Press release). Ideal Industries. 2010-08-23. Retrieved 2010-10-06. 
  14. ^ Deutsch, Stuart (2010-08-23). "It’s Official – Ideal Industries Purchases SK Hand Tools!". ToolGuyd. Retrieved 2014-01-16. 

External links

  • Ideal Industries web site
  • Ideal Industries Networks web site
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