MANSFIELD, Ohio - Ideal Electric Company, formerly known as Hyundai Ideal Electric Co., has appointed Stephen Waite as its vice president of sales. Under the leadership of president & owner Jim Petersen Jr., Waite will be responsible for managing and directing all domestic and international sales and sales support teams, including new and replacement machine sales and Genuine Ideal Parts and Service.

Waite brings more than 20 years of sales leadership experience in large electric motors and generators having held the position of director and general manager of Marelli Motori Americas. Before Marelli, Waite was the national sales manager of the Energy Division, including Electric Machinery Company of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Southeastern regional account manager for ABB’s large machine business, and outside sales representative for TECO-Westinghouse Motor Company of Round Rock, TX.

“After 116 years, Ideal Electric is entering a new chapter of growth following its return to private, American ownership”, Petersen Jr. said, “Steve’s experience aligns perfectly with Ideal’s products, services and customers and we will all benefit from his strategic planning, performance management and team leadership in the resurgence of Ideal Electric in the industry.”

“I’ve worked for many companies that have built large motor and generators in factories outside of the USA, all over the world,” said Waite, “but I have always had so much respect for Ideal for being a pioneering brand globally recognized for quality, reliable products. I am privileged to bring my skills and work ethic to Ideal and am excited to be working with the company to grow the business sustainably while having the capability and unmatched flexibility to deliver customers exactly what they ordered.”