Portland, Ore., (May 18, 2016) – Assembly at the KEEN® factory in Portland is picking up speed. Established in 2010, the KEEN factory has shown steady and strong growth both in the number of SKUs produced and also the quantity of footwear shipped from its Swan Island location each month. KEEN Utility domestic production has increased 20% from 2015 to 2016, with now roughly 30,000 pairs of shoes being shipped monthly and the continued expansion of the American Built safety footwear line.
“We understand the value customers place on buying American products and are proud to play a part in bringing footwear manufacturing back to the U.S.,” said Mark Reilly, senior director product development for KEEN Utility. “We look forward to continuing to support the local and national economy while delivering increasingly innovative safety products to the market.”
Assembled with pride using the finest materials from around the world, all KEEN Utility American Built styles feature KEEN’s signature Million Step Comfort midsole. The unique PU direct-injected midsole resists breakdown and compression, ensuring long-lasting, shock-absorbing comfort, protection and stability. Combined with superior comfort, fit and performance, KEEN Utility American Built safety footwear is versatile, innovative and ready for whatever the work day puts in your path.
American Built highlights include:
New this Fall, the Leavenworth 400G expertly maintains comfort and protection in cold weather environments. KEEN.Warm® 400-gram insulation, along with a thermal heat shield, captures and retains warmth while providing a supportive barrier that blocks cold and provides protection from the elements. Moisture control is also a highlight of this heavy-duty boot, featuring a full-grain waterproof leather upper as well as a hydrophobic/hydrophilic lining allowing vapor out without letting water in. Signature KEEN Utility left and right asymmetrical steel toes deliver ASTM-rated protection in a contoured, roomier fit. The rugged treads on the oil- and slip-resistant rubber outsole offer better grip and traction on slushy or snow covered grounds, delivering increased stability in challenging environments.
The Mt. Vernon provides exceptional protection in an outdoor-inspired silhouette. Crafted from supple waterproof leather, the boot features a KEEN.Dry® breathable waterproof membrane with hydrophobic/hydrophilic 2-zone comfort lining to keep feet dry. Asymmetrical steel toes offer superior crush protection, while a non-marking oil- and slip-resistant rubber outsole satisfies ASTM Mark II non-slip testing standards and provides increased stability on slick surfaces. A direct attach PU midsole delivers lightweight comfort and support that lasts throughout the work day. The Mt. Vernon is also available in a mid-height silhouette and as a soft toe option.
With versatile safety features, the Braddock is an excellent all-duty safety silhouette for Fall. Crafted with Nubuck waterproof leather, the hiking-inspired six-inch work boot features a KEEN.Dry waterproof, breathable membrane and hydrophobic/hydrophilic 2-zone comfort lining for superior moisture control improving air circulation during wear. The Braddock features a KEEN.Grip® oil- and slip-resistant non-marking rubber outsole delivering better grip and traction while satisfying Mark II non-slip testing standards. Signature KEEN Utility asymmetrical steel toes provide ASTM-rated protection from job site impact and crush injuries while the new Cleansport NXT™ lining provides superior odor management helping to break down bacteria caused by sweat. The Braddock is available in an all-leather silhouette as well as in mid and low heights with soft toe options.
For more information, please visit www.keenutility.com.
About KEEN Utility
KEEN Utility, a leading industrial and service footwear and accessories brand, successfully exceeds footwear safety standards and combines advanced durability and innovation with the same comfort and unparalleled classic fit offered by KEEN. KEEN Utility footwear is grounded in protection with the goal to make better boots for every job. Discover more about KEEN Utility at www.KEENUtility.com, Facebook: fb.com/keenutility | Twitter: twitter.com/keenutility | Instagram: Instagram.com/keenutility.
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