Common Questions

How can I purchase shares of Key Technology stock?

Key Technology stock is publicly traded on the NASDAQ exchange and can be purchased through any registered broker. Key shares cannot be purchased directly through the company.

Does Key Technology pay dividends or have a Dividend Reinvestment Program (DRIP)?

Key Technology does not currently issue dividends or have a DRIP plan. Key Technology reinvests profits back into the business in order to develop new products, maintain technology leadership and increase market share.

What is Key Technology’s fiscal year?

The fiscal year ends on September 30 of each year. The fiscal quarter endings are:

1st Quarter - December 31
2nd Quarter - March 31
3rd Quarter - June 30
4th Quarter - September 30

Who do I contact if I lose my share certificate or want to transfer my stock?

Key Technology’s transfer agent is American Stock Transfer & Trust Company. The transfer agent is responsible for maintaining all records of registered stockholders (i.e. names, address, telephone number), canceling or issuing stock certificates, and resolving problems related to lost, destroyed, or stolen certificates.

If you have inquires regarding your stock record, please contact:
American Stock Transfer & Trust Company
AST Mail Services
121 Moonachie Avenue
Moonachie, NJ 07074
Shareholder Automated Line: (800) 937-5449
Local Number: (718) 921-8200
Fax: (718) 765 8713

How can I get additional investor information on Key Technology?

You can view our quarterly news releases and annual reports on this website. To obtain printed copies of financial information, Email Investor Relations or call us at (509) 394-3362.

How many employees does Key Technology have?

Key Technology has over 500 employees worldwide. The Company's employees include manufacturing, marketing, sales, service, administrative and finance personnel, as well as, electrical, software and mechanical engineers. For available employment opportunities, please refer to the Human Resources page of this web site.

Did the Company start in Walla Walla?

The Company was founded in the Walla Walla valley over 65 years ago and has its origins in the food processing industry. Walla Walla is central to one of the largest concentrations of potato and vegetable processors in the United States, enabling Key to work closely with its customers.

Who are Key Technology’s customers?

Key Technology equipment is sold to hundreds of small and large food processors including: Del Monte, Ore-Ida, Lamb-Weston, Norpac, J.R. Simplot, Campbell Soup Company, Ocean Spray Cranberry, Reser’s, and many other brand names you may see on the shelves of your local grocery store.

How much does Key’s equipment cost?

The average cost for an optical sorter can range from $125,000 to $400,000, depending on the model and configuration of the system. Many customers purchase entire processing lines, which may include several optical sorting products, a variety of vibratory conveyors and specialized food processing equipment.

Is there a seasonality to Key’s business?

Historically, there is a slight seasonality to the business, with customer orders strongest in the second quarter and revenues typically strongest in the third quarter.

When is Key Technology’s annual shareholders meeting and who can attend?

The Company's annual meeting is held in February each year at the offices of Tonkon Torp LLP in Portland, Oregon. All Key Technology shareholders are welcome to attend and will be notified of the meeting in the Proxy Statement. You can also check the Investor Events to determine the specific date, location and time of the annual meeting.