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Happy 45th Birthday to KEB America!

Jonathan Bullick | February 28th, 2024

On February 28, 1979, KEB was established in Minneapolis, Minnesota, as a joint venture with Tolomatic. With a small downtown office, the German company was ready to expand into the North American market with its unique line of Combistop and 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 that we hit on our journey from Tolomatic/KEB Inc. to KEBCO Inc., and finally KEB America, Inc.


KEB America Inc. – Company Timeline



This year, KEB America has taken advantage of the extra space inside the building expansion. We have added storage shelving, offices, a new service and repair center, and a new brake and clutch assembly area. These new areas have been set up to streamline our manufacturing process and provide our customers with the best product and support in the industry.


KEB America’s 150,000 sq. ft. manufacturing and engineering facility near Minneapolis, Minnesota



KEB automation celebrated 50 years at the global headquarters in Barntrup, Germany. 


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



KEB America launches its 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.

Photograph of KEB America in 2019
In 2005, KEB America moved to Shakopee, MN.



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.

A picture of KEB America / KEBCO building in 2005.
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.

A photograph of KEBCO building in 1990
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.

Picture of Tol-O-Matic and KEB State of Minnesota Incorporation document.
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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