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IDEAL Donates Data Communications Tools to BICSI for First Annual Cabling Skills Challenge

SYCAMORE, IL, March 5, 2008 – IDEAL INDUSTRIES, INC., a leading innovator in data communications solutions, is giving America's most accomplished information transport systems (ITS) installers the opportunity to use its equipment when showcasing their skills at the first annual BICSI Cabling Skills Challenge. IDEAL has agreed to donate more than $3,400 in testers, hand tools and supplies for the event to be held at the 2008 BICSI Spring Conference, April 27-30, in Nashville, Tennessee.

The BICSI Cabling Skills Challenge pits teams of contractors against one another to test such skills as cable terminating, assembly, troubleshooting, support and overall professionalism, as they compete for the title of Installer of the Year.

Donated items from IDEAL include several new OmniSeal™ Pro XL compression tools, coax and UTP strippers, the VDV Multimedia testers, Tuff-Grip™ fish tapes, Ratch-A-Nut™ screwdrivers, connectors, and punch down tools.

IDEAL has been active in supporting professional trade organizations over the years including BICSI, NECA, and the NJATC. In addition, the IDEAL Foundation is a long-time supporter of Big Brothers/Big Sisters, The United Way, and Junior Achievement as well as local causes such as the Sycamore YMCA, the Sycamore Public Library, and the Sycamore Natural History Museum.

For pricing and more information, contact IDEAL INDUSTRIES, INC., Becker Place, Sycamore, Illinois 60178. Or phone 1-800-435-0705. 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 serving installation professionals in the construction, maintenance, data communications and original equipment manufacturing industries.

About BICSI

BICSI is a professional association supporting the information transport systems industry with information, education, and knowledge assessment for individuals and companies. Through courses, conferences, publications, and professional registration programs, BICSI staff and volunteers assist members in delivering the highest quality products and services, and offer opportunities for continual improvement and enhanced professional stature. Headquartered in Tampa, Florida, BICSI serves nearly 25,000 members, installers, and technicians in more than 90 countries. For more information, contact BICSI at 800-242-7405 (toll free USA/Canada) or +1 813-979-1991, bicsi@bicsi.org or visit www.bicsi.org.

Editorial Contacts:

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

Lauren Hoth
IDEAL INDUSTRIES, INC.
800-435-0705
lauren.hoth@idealindustries.com

©2008 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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