Keats Southwest, located in El Paso, Texas, is a leading manufacturer of high-quality, precision components including stampings, wire forms and assemblies. Our location in Texas allows us to serve the Southern manufacturing industry and positions Keats Southwest as an alternative to maquiladoras.

What is a Maquiladora?

With the passage of NAFTA in 1994, the increase in Mexican factories skyrocketed. Maquiladoras operate in the free trade zone where materials, components, and equipment are imported and then finished products are exported.

Many companies have moved their manufacturing operations to Mexico to take advantage of lower business costs. Although Mexico offers cheaper labor and overhead, the quality of final products from the typical maquiladora might not be up to the same standards as other options in manufacturing.

Finding the right third-party manufacturer in Mexico may be a challenge. The manufacturing industry is strong in certain areas of the country but the manufacturing infrastructure is still weak. As Mexico passes fiscal reforms, taxes may make the region less beneficial for companies looking to move production south of the border.

So why choose Keats Southwest?

Keats Southwest offers a viable manufacturing option that is competitive and more beneficial than the maquiladora sector. Maquiladoras aren’t held to the same standards as U.S. companies. Questionable working conditions and unknown quality standards are possible. At Keats Southwest, we know that the answer to finding the right partnership lies just north of the border, not south.

Founded in 1958, Keats Manufacturing Co. has since expanded operations from its headquarters in Wheeling, Illinois, in order to meet the demand for our precision components and our growing customer base. Our El Paso facility allows us to serve the Southern manufacturing market and also provides high-quality components to the maquiladoras assembly market as well.

Our dedication to quality and customer service sets us apart from others in the industry. Trusted by top manufacturers in sectors such as medical, aerospace, automotive, electronics, appliance, construction, furniture, and military, the small metal stampings, wire forms, and assemblies we produce meet the rigorous specifications required of precision instrumentation and components.

All of our facilities are equipped to supply each customer the top-quality components they require. We are certified to ISO 9001, TS 16949, and ISO 14001 because we understand the commitment to continually enhancing the effectiveness of our quality system. Empowering improvements to quality and productivity ensures that we are consistently able to meet and exceed our customer’s expectations.

What are benefits of working with Keats Southwest?

As an experienced and widely regarded operation, Keats Southwest has been providing the highest quality components to the manufacturing industry since 1994. We hold strong to our principles of integrity and quality control when delivering parts on time and on budget. It is often difficult to find a manufacturing partner that can be as cost effective as we are in other countries, but we have the ability to achieve this.

With capabilities that can accommodate orders from prototypes to productions runs up to 50,000,000 pieces, Keats Southwest continues to be competitive within the industry while delivering components of unmatched quality.

Keats Southwest provides:

  • low costs
  • exceptional quality
  • quick turnaround time

For a manufacturing partner that delivers the highest quality components with the low cost associated with a foreign manufacturing sector, look no further than Keats Southwest in El Paso, Texas.