SYCAMORE, IL, November 10, 2009 – IDEAL Industries, Inc. today announced the appointment of Jason Butchko as General Manager of its Networks Division succeeding Jouke Rijpstra who will retire in 2010. In this position, Mr. Butchko will be responsible for managing the performance and strategic direction of the network and electrical testing business units, along with the company's broad line of data communications products that include installation tools and connection supplies.
Reporting to Jim James, IDEAL President and CEO, Mr. Butchko will be based in San Diego, CA, the headquarters for the network testing business unit.
"We are excited to welcome Jason to IDEAL," said Mr. James. "His depth of experience adds proven talent to our networks division that will help drive the accelerating pace of innovation we are introducing across our diverse product categories. We're confident in his ability to translate fast-changing technology into solutions that will help elevate the IDEAL brand worldwide with data communications professionals."
Mr. Butchko brings over 20 years of senior executive experience to IDEAL. Most recently, he served as Vice President of Business Development for Westco Scientific Instruments, Inc., a privately held manufacturer of instrumentation and sample prep equipment for environmental, industrial, chemical, and clinical laboratories, located in Brookfield, Connecticut.
Previous to that, Mr. Butchko held the position of Vice President of Operations at PCC Advanced Forming Technology, a publicly held Fortune 500 aviation and aerospace company. His earlier career included management roles at Hach Company, Danaher Corporation and Waterpik Technologies, Inc.
Mr. Butchko earned an MBA from the University of Colorado, an MS in Environmental Science and Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines, and a BS in Civil Engineering from the USAF Academy.
For more information, contact IDEAL INDUSTRIES, INC., Becker Place, Sycamore, Illinois 60178. Or phone 1-800-435-0705, Fax: 1-800-533-4483. On the web, www.idealindustries.com.
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