Through more than 50 years of business, Keats Manufacturing Company has been providing customers with the highest quality of custom small metal stampings, wire forms and assemblies.

Keats Manufacturing Company was founded on October 1, 1958, by Bert and Glenn Keats, on Cicero Avenue on the northwest side of Chicago. Keats Manufacturing started out as a small storefront plant with just three employees and two machines; however, our company has significantly grown throughout the years to meet the demand and our variety of customers. These changes have included:

• 1989: Moved to our current location, 350 Holbrook Drive in Wheeling, Illinois
• 1994: Keats Southwest in El Paso, Texas opened to allow Keats to serve the maquiladora assembly market and the southwestern United States


Both of Keats’ locations house more than 142 metal stamping and wire forming machines using four slide/multi slide and stamping press technologies, which operate 5 days a week, 24 hours a day. This means that we provide prototyping services to facilitate high volume orders of up to 50 million parts.

Customers served include automotive, appliance, medical, aerospace, communications, electronics, military, construction, and furniture, among many others looking for high-quality metal parts at a fair and economical price. We are dedicated to the highest quality and responsive customer service.

Keats Manufacturing Company engineers all its own dies and tools from inception to first piece sampling, ensuring that the most exacting tolerances are maintained from the very first to very last production run. We combine innovative technological processes including CAD/CAM, five EDM and CNC machines, operated by 25 of the industry’s most experienced die makers, in order to create tools of uncompromising quality.

Quality and Customer Satisfaction

Quality control and quality enhancement are important to Keats Manufacturing Company. A 12-person team reports directly to CEO, Wade Keats. Both of our locations are ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and IATF 16949 compliant. It is this strict adherence to the most demanding quality control system that results in customer satisfaction and confidence.

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“My business relationship and dealings with Keats Manufacturing is a great experience. They are very responsive, pay attention to detail and are very conscious on building a long-term relationship. You will find them cost competitive and the quality to be at a high level. If an issue does arise they are quick to get it resolved and in a very timely manner. They will also work with you on expedites and do everything possible to take care of your needs. I encourage you to visit their facility in Wheeling as I know you will be impressed with the operation and the people you meet.”
-Buyer, Grote Industries

“Keats Manufacturing and Keats Southwest are trusted vendors to Delphi. Their responsiveness, attention to detail, and technical abilities make them my preferred “go to” metal stamper, and they have been an integral part to many key platform launches. They are a vendor I can count on and trust them to get the job done on time.”
– Product Engineering Supervisor, Delphi