Talk:Ideal Industries

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Since companies usually produce their own press releases and often contribute to their online company profiles, I am not sure if this passes WP:GNG.--TonyTheTiger (T/C/BIO/WP:CHICAGO/WP:FOUR) 15:27, 6 March 2013 (UTC)

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I object to deleting this article for not being notable. Ideal is one of the three major electrical tool manufacturers in the United States, alongside Klein Tools and Greenlee (Klein is the largest yet didn't have an article until I made it, which shows how woeful Wikipedia's articles on major tool manufacturers is; the Klein article is awful now because some PR hacks got a hold of it, but that's beside the point). Every Lowe's in the country sells their tools and their supplies. They own SK Hand Tools, also a large and significant manufacturer (created the much-duplicated roundhead ratchet design, one of the last affordable sources of American-made mechanic's tools after Bain Capital gutted Apex Tool Group and outsourced everything). They own Western Forge, a major supplier to the Craftsman tool brand, one of the most well known tool brands in the United States (WF manufacturers their screwdrivers, adjustable wrenches, punches, and chisels, formerly their beam torque wrenches, and maybe some other things). They own Pratt-Read, which is also a major supplier (to companies including Klein) and is one of the oldest companies in the United States. They own eight manufacturing plants around the world, three in the United States. They are one of the few larger tool companies in the country still dedicated to domestic manufacturing.

These sorts of articles are lean on citations because, frankly, there isn't much written about them on the internet. Nonetheless, these are tools millions of professionals use every day. I'll work to use more outside sources in the article, to work in some of the things I've mentioned in this message (with citations to support them), and to remove some of the marketing fluff that worked its way into the article, but I think it would be a mistake to remove it outright, especially since, as I said, Wikipedia's coverage of major tool manufacturers is very lacking already. —typhoon (talk) 01:34, 17 January 2014 (UTC)