26 May '11, 12pm

Instead of outsourcing, Keen opened a new shoe factory just 5 miles from its North Portland headquarters

Instead of outsourcing, Keen opened a new shoe factory just 5 miles from its North Portland headquarters

Manufacturers outsource to distant shores every day, but when Keen looked to open a new shoe factory, it cast its eyes no further than its own backyard. The 15,000-square-foot facility, located on Swan Island in North Portland , is less than 5 miles away from the company’s Oregon headquarters. Equipped with two full, state-of-the-art production lines, the “Portland Factory” utilizes a streamlined injection-molding process that attaches the sole of the shoe to its upper with virtually no adhesives. The result? A sandal, sneaker, or boot that uses fewer materials, requires less energy, and doesn’t generate as many transport emissions . In other words, a shoe with—if you’ll excuse the pun—a lighter environmental footprint.

Full article: http://www.ecouterre.com/keen-opens-shoe-factory-less-tha...

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