About Us

West Coast Chain Manufacturing

An employee-owned company that manufactures and distributes high quality security products worldwide. We are most famous for the Original KEY-BAK® Self-Retracting Key Reel, designed and assembled in the USA. Although it is often copied, it has never been matched in quality, durability or function. The original product has evolved into multiple model configurations designed for specialized needs.

Located in Ontario, California, we are near Ontario International Airport with easy access to one of the busiest ports in the world, UPS's second largest U.S. hub, major interstate highways and railroads. This helps us quickly fulfill orders to anywhere in the world.

A Story of American Ingenuity

West Coast Chain Manufacturing Co. founder W.R. Lummis invented the Original KEY-BAK® Self-Retracting Key Reel in 1948. As a switch man on the Pacific Electric Railway in Los Angeles, he saw brakemen and switch men injured when their dangling key chains got caught on moving trains.

Lummis had an idea for a reel that would keep keys within reach at the wearer's side, safe from snagging on moving rail cars and machinery. His idea became the first KEY-BAK.

Mr. Lummis sold the first KEY-BAKs to his fellow railroaders and eventually began selling to locksmiths in the Los Angeles area. Word of mouth spread and sales continued to grow, allowing Lummis to leave his job at the railroad and devote all of his time to manufacturing the KEY-BAK in Pasadena, CA.

The company's proximity to CalTech and NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratories led to early adoption of new technology resulting in rapid improvements to the key reel design. The Original KEY-BAK developed a reputation as a high-quality product engineered with only the best materials.

Recent history

In 1985, West Coast Chain Manufacturing Co. had outgrown its facilities in Pasadena and moved 40 miles east to its present location in Ontario, California. The production of the key reel continues today at this plant along with a continuous testing program where each KEY-BAK is inspected for quality assurance.

Today, 65 years after the first KEY-BAK was produced, millions are in use worldwide in more than 20 different professions. West Coast Chain Manufacturing Co. continues as a solid, employee-owned, American company, creating high-quality products people depend on daily.

ISO 9001:2008 Certificate

West Coast Corporation has achieved ISO 9001:2008 Certification in recognition of a quality management systems which fulfill the requirements of ISO 9001:2008. To earn this International Organization for Standardization (ISO) certification, West Coast Corporation had to meet specific requirements for a quality management system, including demonstrating the ability to consistently provide products that meet customer and applicable statutory and regulatory requirements. You may view a copy of the certificate here.