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Happy 40th Birthday to KEB America!

Jonathan Bullick | February 28th, 2019

On February 28, 1979 KEB was established in Minneapolis MN as a joint venture with Tolomatic. With their small downtown office, the German company was ready to expand into the North American market with its unique line of Combibox clutch-brake units.

Since then we’ve grown as a company and brought many advancements to automation and control in North America. Here are some of the milestones we hit on our journey from Tolomatic/KEB Inc. to KEBCO Inc., and finally KEB America, Inc.


KEB America Inc. – Company Timeline



Construction begins on KEB America’s 80,000 sq. ft. facility. The building expansion will nearly double the size to 150,000 sq. ft. and provide more space to expand our engineering, manufacturing, assembly and service of KEB products. Watch the construction progress here.

KEB America’s building expansion will roughly double the available space.



KEB America launches their website, The site hosts news about the company and industry, as well as information about KEB’s full product catalog.



KEB America, Inc. officially opens its 86,000 square foot facility in Shakopee, MN. This manufacturing location produces inverters, gearmotors, clutches, and brakes for the North American market .

In 2005, KEB America moved to their current Shakopee, MN facility.



Production of electronics and inverters (up to 200kw) for the North American market is started at the KEBCO facility.



KEBCO, now with 30 employees, expands and relocates the facility to Mendota Heights, MN.

KEB America Timeline KEBCO building

From 1995 to 2005, KEBCO (KEB America) occupied this facility in Mendota Heights, MN.



KEBCO begins to manufacture electromagnetic clutches and brakes for the local North American market.

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KEBCO (KEB America) building at 14700 Martin Drive in Eden Prairie, MN



KEB HQ begins production of variable frequency drives, KEBCO in Minnesota sells and services the drives for the North American market.



KEBCO is officially incorporated in the US after the termination of the joint venture. The company has two employees and works out of St. Louis Park, MN.



KEB enters the North American market in a joint venture.

KEB, Inc. and Tol-O-Matic are incorporated together on February 28, 1979


Looking toward the future

We continue to press forward, looking for ways to serve our customers more effectively and develop new products that meet the changing demands of industrial automation.

We extend a special thank you to all of our employees and their families, as well as the Shakopee community, for making KEB America what it is today. Here’s to 40 more years!

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