Ideal Industries names vice chairman

Ideal Industries, a manufacturer of tools and suppliers for electrical contractors, has named Jim James as the vice chairman of its board of directors. James, who also serves as president and CEO, will assume these additional duties immediately.

James joined Ideal Industries in August 2008 as president and CEO. Previous to that, he served as president of ITW Building Components Group, a division of Illinois Tool Works.

Based in Sycamore, Ill., Ideal Industries has been serving the electrical industry since 1916. Ideal is one of the world's leading manufacturers of tools and supplies serving installation professionals in the construction, maintenance, data communications and original equipment manufacturing industries.