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IDEAL Appoints Mike Weiby as Product Development Manager

SYCAMORE, IL, March 16, 2011 – IDEAL INDUSTRIES, Inc., a worldwide leader in tools and supplies for electrical, industrial maintenance and data communications professionals, today appointed Mike Weiby as Product Development Manager, a new position within the organization reflecting its drive for innovation. He will report to Jim Davidson, IDEAL Director of Research & Development.

In his new role, Mr. Weiby will work with a cross-functional team to implement a formalized new product development process for IDEAL and its subsidiaries. This task includes: project management and tracking, ideation and idea guidance, Intellectual Property (IP) management, research into emerging technologies, and product performance requirements.

Mr. Weiby comes to IDEAL from Sears® Brand Marketing Corporation where he served as Product Development Engineering Manager for the DieHard® battery brand and for the Craftsman® Tools Group, guiding innovation in hand tools, power tools, tool storage and test equipment. He has also successfully applied his new development skills for the Bison Gear and Engineering Corp. and ECM Motor Company.

Mr. Weiby holds a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Marquette University. He will be located at IDEAL headquarters in Sycamore, Illinois.

About IDEAL INDUSTRIES, INC.

IDEAL INDUSTRIES, INC. has been serving the electrical industry since 1916. IDEAL is one of the world's leading manufacturers of professional quality tools and supplies serving installation professionals in the construction, maintenance, data communications and original equipment manufacturing industries.

Editorial Contacts:

Dan O’Connell
O’Connell Communications, Inc.
708-482-0212
dan@oconnellpr.com

Liz Koley
IDEAL INDUSTRIES, INC.
800-435-0705
liz.koley@idealindustries.com

©2011 IDEAL INDUSTRIES, INC. All rights reserved. All products and names mentioned are the property of their respective owners. While IDEAL has made every effort at the time of publication to ensure the accuracy of the information provided herein, product specifications, configurations, prices, system/component/options availability are all subject to change without notice.

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