About Us

IDEAL. The way every job should be.

J. Walter Becker founded IDEAL in 1916 and made a promise that is still an important part of the way IDEAL operates today: "An IDEAL product will provide a value greater than the price paid for it. Service is a part of the product." Becker's foundational principle represents our everyday commitment to you. It's the driving force behind our partnerships with the world's leading distributors, a state of the art delivery system, outstanding customer and technical support and variety of operational benefits designed to save you time and money. It means we're proud of the way we do business.

IDEAL brings you products that make your job easier; products that you can rely on, with warranties you can trust; products that are available whenever and wherever you need them. Every IDEAL product comes with the promise made by our founder more than 90 years ago.

In addition to serving the needs of electrical and datacomm professionals, IDEAL INDUSTRIES, INC. also serves the high power interconnect market needs through Anderson Power Products, the environmental monitoring and measurement market through Casella Measurement, and the telecommunication industry through Trend Communications. Please visit their respective websites for more information.

Over 6,000 items make up the IDEAL family of products including some whose names have become synonymous with their function. Wire-Nut® Wire Connectors, Yellow 77® Wire Pulling Lubricant and T®-Stripper Wire Strippers are products which have found their way into the tool bags of professionals and solidified the IDEAL reputation as an engineer of innovative and trustworthy products.

The wide variety of products offered by IDEAL reaches the professionals of many markets. From the electrical contractor and datacomm technician to the production engineer and plant manager, the job is easier when IDEAL lends a helping hand. Our divisions are dedicated to the professionals we serve: Electrical, DataComm, Wire Processing and OEM Engineered Solutions.


Residential, commercial and industrial electricians have come to depend on IDEAL for quality electrical products. Our electrical line contains just about everything an electrician might need for an easier, more efficient job: industry standard wire connectors, fish tapes, benders, wire pulling lubricants, wire strippers, hand tools and wire management supplies...and a comprehensive family of rugged, versatile and easy-to-use test and measurement instruments.


IDEAL DataComm is dedicated to helping telecomm/datacomm professionals keep networks up and running. The system of products we've thoughtfully crafted ensures the highest-quality terminations with the ease-of-use you'd expect from IDEAL. Our DataComm line includes tools and products for paired conductor, coax and fiber optic cabling.

Wire Processing

The goal of IDEAL Wire Processing is to design machines and tools that will help engineers and plant managers increase efficiency, save costs and reduce labor. A full line of bench-top and hand-held tools and products make commercial and aerospace wire processing accurate and affordable.

OEM Engineered Solutions

IDEAL has solutions that allow manufacturers to make their electrical connections quickly and reliably with a full line of high-quality connectors and application equipment. Designed with the requirements of the OEM, standards agencies, and the electrical code in mind, IDEAL products offer the innovation, quality, and reliability manufacturers require.

Reaching our distributors and customers requires that we have facilities all over the world. IDEAL headquarters are located in Sycamore, Illinois with manufacturing plants in Sycamore and DeKalb, Illinois; Sterling, Massachusettes; Ajax, Ontario, Canada; Fermoy, Ireland and in England, Spain and China. International sales facilities are located in Canada, England, Germany, Australia, China, Brazil, Mexico and Puerto Rico. Five distribution centers across the U.S. provide quick and accurate deliveries of the IDEAL product line.