Let’s Talk Brands: KEY Industries

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Construction Gear wants you to know why we sell the brands we do. So we are breaking them down brand by brand: why we love them, the history of their company and some top items they make that are best sellers on our site. The next brand under the microscope is KEY Industries.

Key Industries, or KEY Apparel, sells mens, womens, and kids outerwear and clothing. They are a company just like us. We want you to be comfortable in your work attire by also making sure it is durable. In fact, their logo is “Work is tough, Key is tougher”.

KEY was established in 1908. It was created by C.A. Lakin and Harry McKey wanting to make attire for farmers and ranchers that worked the Great Plains. Thats a tough job to encounter. They began the Lakin-McKey Manufacturing Company in Fort Scott, Kansas.

Jut like Dickies, they began with a pair of bib overalls. These overalls were extremely heavy duty and triple stitched. They were so popular that they still exist today and are our top seller here at Construction Gear!

The name of the company then became shortened to Key. They have multiple other sub-companies going on too:

  • Tuf-Nut – apparel for men, women and kids
  • Wolf Mountain – hunting gear  (can be found at sears and other stores)
  • Polar King – clothing to keep you warm
  • Key FR – fire resistant workwear





Now let’s talk about some top sellers:

Obviously our best seller is the Bib Overall that we talked about above. If you are looking for a set of overalls and need them to be durable yet movable, these are your cheap find.


KEY Industries Bib Overall - Hi Back w/ Zippered Fly - 273

  • 100% Cotton ; 12 oz.
  • Triple Needle Stitched
  • High Back
  • Zippered Fly
  • Trade Marked Pocket
  • Button Side Closures
  • Midweight
  • Adjustable Shoulder Straps



“Durable overalls with ample room for parts and tools. The double denim reinforced back pockets stand up to heavy loads of tools on the job.” – a Construction Gear customer.








The next top seller can be worn under the bib overalls or on its own… Plain Heavyweight Henley T.

  • Heavyweight
  • Navy100% Cotton
  • Left Chest Pocket
  • 6 Colors



“I’ve found the Key Industries Heavyweight Henley Pocket T-shirts to be a great value. I have both the longsleeve and shortsleeve versions in size large, and have found them to be generous in size, and they wear well. Very comfortable, and look good! $10.99 at Constructionwear.com for the shortsleeve is a great deal.” – Don S, a Construction Gear Customer











The best selling jacket on our site is the Insulated Hooded Duck Jacket.

  • Over-sized Front Zipper
  • Saddle100% Cotton ; 12 oz.
  • Pleated Elbows
  • Water Repellant
  • Available in Saddle and Black










Even though the jacket is a top seller, we have yet for someone to leave a review! If you purchase this jacket, come back to our site and leave a review and we will post it!

As you can tell we love this brand. We are always adding to new items to stay up to date with them and also selling to you at the lowest price on the web.

Stay tuned for the breakdown of the brand, “Carolina”.

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