Professional tools company Ideal names new CEO

Ideal Industries, a maker of tools and supplies for professional electricians, has announced the appointment of Jim James as the company’s president and CEO.

Ideal Industries manufactures professional tools and supplies serving installation professionals in the construction, maintenance and original equipment manufacturing (OEM) industries.

Most recently, James served as president of ITW Building Components Group, a division of Illinois Tool Works. Prior to that, he worked at a number of industries, including metal fabrication, aerospace and building materials. He holds an M.B.A. from Georgia State University.

Mr. James succeeds Dave Juday, who had been serving as interim president and CEO of Ideal since February. Juday will continue his role as chairman of the board, according to a statement from the company.

Ideal Industries is based in Sycamore, Ill.

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