In 1916, J. Walter Becker started the Ideal Commutator Dresser Company of Chicago
from his mother's kitchen. He manufactured commutator dresser stones with the belief
that every product should be worth more than the price paid for it. Service, he
said, was part of the product. That idea has been the core IDEAL business principle
for over 90 years. Today, the many loyal distributors and customers that make IDEAL
successful are a testament to Becker's original philosophy.