IDEAL Appoints Jim Nelson Director of Industrial Sales

SYCAMORE, IL — IDEAL INDUSTRIES, INC., one of the world’s largest manufacturers and suppliers of contractor-grade tools, connectors and testing products for the Electrical and Data Communications markets, has appointed Jim Nelson as its new Director of Industrial Sales. The addition of Nelson comes at a time when IDEAL is experiencing growing demand for its products within the industrial channel.

In his new position Nelson will manage strategic business partnerships for IDEAL and oversee both the acquisition of new accounts and the growth of existing business. Additionally, he will be responsible for the management and development of the industrial sales team, while building awareness of the IDEAL brand. He will report directly to Jeff Kellermann, IDEAL Tool Group Vice President/General Manager. 

Beginning in 1999, Nelson served in a variety of sales management positions of increasing responsibilities within Newell Rubbermaid, most recently as National Sales Manager for the Rubbermaid Commercial Products group. While with Newell Rubbermaid, Nelson solidified a team that profitably grew programs with large distribution partners including Grainger, McMaster Carr, Uline and Edward Don and Co.. Before Newell Rubbermaid, Nelson worked for Porter Cable and Delta Corporation.

While residential, commercial and industrial electricians remain the primary customers of the over 6,000 items that make up the IDEAL family of products, maintenance professionals in the industrial/MRO sector have increasingly come to depend on IDEAL for quality electrical products. 

Nelson is a graduate of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. 

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