Ideal Industries Inc., Sycamore, Ill., has expanded its datacom business by acquiring the LAN Division of Wavetek. The LAN division of Wavetek, San Diego, with 45 employees, is a leader in LAN certification testing of data networks.

According to Robert N. Lane, chief executive officer, Ideal Industries, the acquisition of Wavetek, along with the acquisition of the SureTest division of Industrial Commercial Electronics Inc. and the major product introductions made just one year ago with Ideal's joint venture partner, A.W. Sperry, makes Ideal one of the largest test products suppliers serving the electrical and datacom markets.

“Additionally, it gives Ideal stronger product development capabilities and provides products with a broader reach into new distribution channels, including those outside North America.”

According to Lane, this acquisition strengthens the company's current line of datacom testers, positioning Ideal as a global leader in both in-process and final certification testers for the installation and maintenance of structured wiring.