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IDEAL President/CEO Jim James Named Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors

SYCAMORE, IL, March 12, 2012 – IDEAL INDUSTRIES, INC., one of the world's largest manufacturers and suppliers of quality tools, connectors and testing products for the Electrical and Data Communications markets, announced that its President and CEO Jim James will assume the additional duties of Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors, effective immediately.

Mr. James joined IDEAL in August of 2008 as President and CEO. Previous to that appointment, he served as President of ITW Building Components Group, a division of Illinois Tool Works.

On the subject of Mr. James's appointment, Dave Juday, Chairman of the IDEAL Board of Directors, commented, "In his three years here Jim has skillfully guided IDEAL through a severe recession, brought a new commitment to efficiencies and lean processes, and spearheaded several acquisitions that provide opportunities and access to new markets for us. Our growth in sales, earnings, and market presence during Jim's tenure has been remarkable."

"Jim being named to a leadership role on the board is reflective of the board's confidence in his operational skill as well as the vision and commitment to strategy that he has shown."

For additional information, visit www.idealindustries.com.

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

Roberta McQuade
IDEAL INDUSTRIES, INC.
800-435-0705
Roberta.McQuade@idealindustries.com

©2012 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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