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Dan O'Connell
O'Connell Communications, Inc.
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Ghaz Shukairy
IDEAL INDUSTRIES, INC.
800-435-0705 (259)
ghaz.shukairy@idealindustries.com

IDEAL Takes Top Honors in EC&M’s Product Of The Year Awards for Second Year Running

SYCAMORE, IL, June 5, 2006 – Chalk up two more Product of the Year awards for IDEAL INDUSTRIES, INC.

IDEAL took top honors in two of the twenty-four categories that made up the EC&M Magazine 2006 Product of the Year Competition, excelling beyond any other company in the electrical industry in “Electrical & Terminating Devices” with the new WeatherProof™ wire connector and trumping the competition in the “Portable Test & Measurement Equipment” category with its new SureTest Circuit Tracer featuring the patented SwivelDisplay™.

All products were judged by an independent panel of electricians and engineers on the basis of innovation, as well as on their ability to save the user time and enhance productivity.

ABOUT THE WINNERS

IDEAL WeatherProof™ wire connectors are pre-filled with a non-hardening, silicone-based sealant to safeguard conductors from damaging corrosion, moisture or fungus. UL listed to 486D for use in damp/wet locations, WeatherProof™ connectors are as versatile as they are tough, providing the perfect wiring solution for decorative patio or deck lighting, outdoor power outlets, marine shore-power and dock lighting, outdoor signage, basement circuits, traffic-signal control circuits, industrial hose-down areas and other applications requiring a tough, weatherproof connector.

IDEAL SureTest® Circuit Tracers are for use on de-energized and energized electrical circuits ranging from 0-600V AC/DC to enable electricians to quickly locate fuses and circuit breakers, pinpoint breaks in wires and shorts to ground, and trace wiring concealed behind walls, floors and ceilings, as well as outdoor applications. Its advanced transmitter will not affect sensitive electronic equipment, and its inductive clamp allows non-intrusive tracing on low-voltage cable. It features the SwivelDisplay™ that automatically rotates itself so that readings stay upright regardless of what position the receiver is in.

Published monthly by Primedia, EC&Mmagazine is the technical authority for 140,000 electrical professionals, offering a mix of in-depth technical articles, market and construction forecasts, comprehensive product reviews, and news for the $77.8 billion electrical market.

For more information, contact IDEAL INDUSTRIES, INC., Becker Place, Sycamore, Illinois 60178. Or phone 1-800-947-3614, Fax: 1-800-533-4483. On the web, 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 for installation professionals in the construction, maintenance, data communications and original equipment manufacturing industries.

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©2006 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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