Founded in 1889, the Keystone Steel & Wire Company began in a humble shed on a rented farm in Dillon, Illinois. Peter Sommer invented a machine that wove steel wire fence to replace traditional wooden timber fences. This invention made life easier for millions of American farmers, and spawned a midwestern steel giant.
Around 1925, the first "Red Brand" fence appeared. In a display of modern marketing savvy, a Keystone employee dipped the tops of Keystone wire and fence posts in red paint, making the new Red Brand® products instantly recognizable on farms all over America. Today, Keystone still tops off these products with a coat of red paint -- even the barbs on coils of barbed-wire.
In March, 1988, Keystone fired up its modernized Bartonville rod mill, thereby increasing Keystone's rod-making capacity by 50%. The expansion has enabled Keystone to strengthen its position as a rod and wire products supplier.
Keystone Steel & Wire Co.'s Bartonville, IL campus is one of the largest wire mills in the world with over 2,000,000 square feet of manufacturing space on over 1,000 acres. Last year, Keystone's 860 employees produced over 700,000 tons of steel.
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