Keats Opening New Metal Manufacturing Facility in Mexico

Keats Manufacturing has come a long way since our founding in 1958. Starting out with just three employees at our original location in Northwest Chicago, we now have a team in the triple digits, and we’ve just added our third manufacturing plant. We’re very proud to announce the opening of our Keats de Mexico facility.


mexico-facThe new Keats facility in El Marques, Querétaro, will offer full metal manufacturing services, all backed by our original company promise of precision, quality, and performance. Our services here will include:

  • High-volume multi-slide and four-slide precision metal stamping
  • Precision metal bending
  • Punching
  • Forming
  • Small precision progressive die stamping, from 35-150 tons
  • Complex and precision tool and die maintenance and manufacturing

At this location, we’ll produce cost-efficient stamped parts for a wide range of industries, including automotive, aerospace, electrical, and construction.


Our new facility stands by our old values, which we take into consideration in everything we do; backed by almost six decades of experience, we work to obtain the highest level of quality for every project, every time. To ensure optimal quality, we fully comply with the following professional certification standards:

  • ISO 9001
  • TS 16949
  • ISO 14001

Our robust quality management system, in effect at both of our U.S. plants, will be adapted specifically for this new facility, as we work from day one to build an operations history that will allow us to obtain the above certifications for this location as we do in our other 2 facilities.

Floor Plan and Facility

The 15,000-square-foot production space at Keats de Mexico is outfitted with top-of-the-line machinery to handle all types of jobs, no matter how complex. In addition to a full tool and die plant, we’ll have the following metal fabrication machines on the floor:

  • Eight production machines
  • Four four-slide machines
  • Four progressive die presses

Keats and the Future of Manufacturing

With approximately $2.5 million in new annual business ahead, we can’t wait to start a busy first year at Keats de Mexico, which will be producing nearly 50 million parts per year. To learn more about our new facility, check out today.


Manufacturing in the Global Environment

We’ve talked much about the American manufacturing industry here on our blog, but one thing that transcends national borders is environmental consciousness.  Within manufacturing, as well as on a global scale, a key concern for many responsible businesses is the objective to operate in a way that impacts our environment the least, and demonstrate an awareness and attentiveness to how the processes of production are regulated and managed, to optimize efficiency and minimize waste.
The organization that provides the global standards and certifications is ISO, and the particular series of certifications concerning the environment is the 14000 series.  Last month, Keats again passed our ISO 14001:2015 inspection and received our certification, something we’re quite happy about and proud of.   This certification covers many responsible business practices throughout our facilities, from the offices to the factory floor.  With considerations as broad as light-bulb types to spill-containment procedures, the certification ensures that energy management and environmentally sound practices are employed.
As awareness and concern for proper environmental practices grows, we at Keats want to be on the leading edge of reform, implementing and encouraging realistic approaches to energy management and environmental responsibility.  We hope you agree, and will continue with us on the road to an eco-friendly future.