For more than 50 years, Keats Manufacturing Co. has fabricated high-quality, cost-effective metal parts with a constant focus on providing superior customer service.

From inception to first-piece sampling, we engineer our own dies and tools to ensure maintenance of the most exacting tolerances from the very first to the very last production run. Each of our locations in Wheeling, IL, and El Paso, TX, house more than 142 metal-stamping and wire-forming machines equipped with four slide/multi-slide and stamping press technologies.

Automotive metal component manufacturing demands the utmost precision and reliability. To see our automotive parts in action, see the infographic below:

How We Manufacture Each Automotive Part

Fuel Systems

Part: Terminals
Materials used: Brass
Manufacturing process: Progressive die-stamping
Special requirements: Pre-plating

Seating

Part: Positioning actuator
Materials used: Steel wire
Manufacturing process: Four slide
Special requirements: None

Front Air Dam Control

Part: Clips
Materials used: Stainless steel
Manufacturing process: Four-slide
Special requirements: None

Alternator

Part: Battery terminal
Materials used: Copper
Manufacturing process: Progressive die-stamping
Special requirements: Pre-plating

Oil Pump

Part: Plug
Materials used: Steel
Manufacturing process: Progressive die-stamping
Special requirements: Pre-plating

Air Filter Housing

Part: Clamp
Materials used: Stainless steel
Manufacturing process: Four slide
Special requirements: None

Steering Wheel

Part: Positioning sensor
Materials used: Phosphor bronze
Manufacturing process: Progressive die-stamping
Special requirements: Reel to reel post plating

Headlights

Part: Clips/wire harness terminal
Materials used: Stainless steel
Manufacturing process: Four slide
Special requirements: None

Wheels

Part: Speed sensor yoke
Materials used: Steel
Manufacturing process: Progressive die-stamping
Special requirements: Post-plating

Tail Lights

Part: Bulb terminal
Materials used: Brass
Manufacturing process: Progressive die-stamping
Special requirements: Pre-plating

Transmission

Part: Bushing
Materials used: Stainless steel
Manufacturing process: Progressive die-stamping
Special requirements: None

Dashboard Cluster

Part: Clips
Materials used: Phosphor bronze
Manufacturing process: Progressive die-stamping
Special requirements: Pre-plating

Door Locks

Part: Clips
Materials used: Stainless steel
Manufacturing process: Four slide
Special requirements: None

Fuse Box

Part: Bus bar
Materials used: Copper
Manufacturing process: Progressive die-stamping
Special requirements: Pre-plating

Interior

Part: Visor mirror bulb terminal/dome light terminal
Materials used: Stainless steel
Manufacturing process: Progressive die-stamping
Special requirements: None

Shock Absorber

Part: Sensor
Materials used: Steel
Manufacturing process: Four slide
Special requirements: E-coat

Wipers

Part: Blade holder/seal
Materials used: Stainless steel
Manufacturing process: Progressive die-stamping
Special requirements: None

Exhaust System

Part: Muffler bracket
Materials used: Steel
Manufacturing process: Four slide
Special requirements: None

Coolant System

Part: Hose clip
Materials used: Steel wire
Manufacturing process: Four slide
Special requirements: Heat treatment

Keats Manufacturing is an industry leader in precise automotive metal stamping using various materials, alloys, and forming processes. Driven by high internal quality standards, we are a perfect fit for the automotive metal stamping industry. We began by making spring clips and terminals for automotive applications in 1971 ― now, in 2017, Keats parts can be found in nearly every car made in North America.

When you choose Keats Manufacturing for your automotive metal stamping needs, you can be assured:

  • Top Quality Components
    Quality control and quality enhancement are paramount at Keats; in fact, our 12-person quality team reports directly to our CEO. Our strict adherence to the most demanding quality control system ensures both of our locations are ISO 9001, ISO 14001, and TS 16949 compliant.
  • Flexible Solutions
    We provide prototyping services to facilitate high-volume orders of as many as 50 million parts.
  • Cost Savings
    Utilizing state-of-the-art technology paired with a knowledgeable team that puts customers first, we’ve delivered cost-effective solutions to companies across the automotive, appliance, medical, aerospace, communications, electronics, military, construction, and furniture industries.

Precision Parts & Faster Turnaround

Since 1971, Keats Manufacturing Co. has been providing customers with the most accurate and precise automotive metal stamping work at the best prices with the fastest turnaround times.

Check out our free ebook to learn more about design best practices in automotive metal stamping. If you’re ready to get started with your next automotive metal stamping project, fill out our brief RFQ form or reach out to our team directly for more information.