Ideal is an American company headquartered in Illinois. It was founded in 1916 by J. Walter Becker as a family owned company, a tradition which continues today. Ideal is perhaps best known for its wire connectors, which have been used around the world in practically every industry since their introduction in 1929. The company's hand tools are also so popular that almost every commercial jet in the skies today was assembled with Ideal wire strippers. Even NASA used Ideal products in the lunar landing module which made the journey to the moon. If all that wasn't enough, Ideal fuse pullers were specifically requested by Commander Richard Byrd for an early expedition to the South Pole. All this speaks to the incredible reliability and quality of Ideal products.
Today, Ideal boasts a line of over 6,000 products for electrical and datacomm professionals. These products include wire connectors, fish tapes, wire strippers, wire management supplies, conductor, coax, and fiber optic cabling tools, and easy-to-use electrical test and measurement equipment. Ideal currently owns subsidiaries Anderson Power Products, Casella Measurement, Buchanan Construction Products, Crimp-Tec, Ideal Networks, Wavetek, Western Forge, Pratt-Read, SK Hand Tools, and Trend Communications. It is a global company with facilities across North America, South America, Europe, and Asia.
The spirit of Ideal is one collaboration and communication. Unlike most other companies, Ideal puts people first. The company is a family of top engineers and industrial designers, highly skilled men and women on the manufacturing floor, and IDEAL product experts working in the field. Everyone in the family is given the freedom to collaborate and innovate. Ideal also puts customers first by listening, and hearing what needs must be met. Watch the video below for a window into "the Ideal culture."