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Our History

In 1972, Karl Ernst Brinkmann started KEB with six employees and the Combibox – a combination clutch/brake.

Over the years, the company added products, fine-tuned its solution-oriented approach, and expanded into new geographies to become a global provider of automation solutions.

Today, KEB Automation KG is headquartered in Barntrup, Germany. It has four global production sites (Germany, U.S., China, and Japan), 10 subsidiaries, 30 sales and service centers, and 1,500+ worldwide employees.


KEB America

KEB America is a wholly-owned subsidiary of KEB Automation KG. Headquartered in Minnesota, KEB America manufactures, assembles, services, and supports North America with industrial automation solutions.

We strive to be a true solution provider with world-class products, services, and support. Discover everything that makes KEB America a great place to work and to do business with!

Company Facts

KEB America is the leading provider of drive and automation technology for the North American market since 1982.

We employ over 150 people to deliver full design, assembly, and manufacturing at our 150,000 sq. ft. facility in Shakopee, Minnesota.

KEB America is ISO 9001:2015 certified.

Products & Applications

KEB America manufactures customized industrial automation products like electromagnetic clutches and brakes, integral gearmotors, drives, HMIs, and more.

KEB products are found in the most demanding applications around the world, including elevator, medical, packaging, theatre, and plastics.

Customized Solutions

We are engineers at heart and love to solve complex problems.

Our approach is to listen, understand, plan, and deliver.

When possible, we apply existing technology from the KEB toolkit. If not, our engineers will create a customized solution.

Full Service & Support

KEB offers an experienced team of solution experts to consult, train, and support clients.

Connect with a KEB expert to solve your application requirements over the phone, in a web meeting, or in person at your facility.

Giving and Volunteerism

At KEB, we do our best to contribute to our local communities.

Whether it is donating food, collecting essential items for those in need, sponsoring events, or participating in the Adopt-a-Senior care package program, our team spreads kindness.


KEB is more than a place of work. We like to have fun, do good, and be well.

We offer a wide array of team-building activities at our holiday events, cornhole tournaments, lunches, and social gatherings.

Join a world-class team of mechanical and electronic solution experts to grow your career.


KEB is committed to offering a comprehensive benefits package that is dedicated to enhancing the wellbeing of our team members and their families.

* Medical/Dental/Vision Insurance Plans
* 401(k) Match
* Tuition Reimbursement
* Flexible Paid Time Off
* And More...


KEB America has a great team of mentors!

We offer college students an opportunity to augment their education with real-world experiences at our facility.

Join our team for a hands-on approach to develop skills, gain knowledge, and to build relationships.



We are found in some of the most critical installations worldwide. KEB takes quality seriously and this begins before a product is ever machined or assembled. KEB America’s facility and processes are certified to ISO 9001:2015.


We are never satisfied with the status quo. KEB introduced the novel Combibox product in 1972 and hasn’t looked back. KEB embraces new technology as a way to help our partners separate from the pack.


KEB products are designed for 24/7 operation in the world's most demanding industrial applications like commercial vehicles, elevators, medical, packaging, theatre, plastics, and more.


We deliver a fast and positive impact. Our customers work under tight timelines and KEB is here to help them move forward. KEB’s global support network is accessible wherever you want to go.

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KEB has helped our customers solve many automation challenges. Let’s discuss your challenges and goals and see how we can help.