KEEN Buys New Headquarters Building in Portland

KEEN today announced that it has purchased a building in Portland will serve as the company’s new headquarters. This move expresses KEEN’s commitment to the future of Portland and the city’s importance as a catalyst for hybrid innovation.
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Portland, OR, February 28, 2012 – KEEN today announced that it has purchased a building at the Corner of 13th & Glisan that will serve as the company's new headquarters. This move expresses KEEN's commitment to the future of Portland and the city's importance as a catalyst for hybrid innovation, a cornerstone of KEEN's philosophy.

WHAT: KEEN, the manufacturer of hybrid footwear, bags and socks, has tied its future to Portland as it becomes a property owner of a 50,000 square foot office building. The five story building includes a ground floor retail space (approx. 6,000 square feet), a lower level recreation room (6,000 square feet), and four floors of office space (approx. 10,000 square feet each). Just a few blocks from the company's existing operation, KEEN's purchase demonstrates its commitment to build its future based in Portland. The company will design its space to incorporate existing innovations, such as its Recess Hub and KEEN retail store, while planning an environment that inspires and supports creativity into the future.

"As pioneers, we continue to look for new ways to expand for growth, engage our brand, and energize our team. This latest project is another exciting step towards our commitment to Portland and our entire HybridLife Community around the world!" exclaimed KEEN CEO James Curleigh.

WHERE: The Pearl Building is located on the corner of 13th & Glisan.

WHEN: KEEN has completed the purchase of the building and plans to move into its headquarters operations there by the end of 2012.

WHY: While KEEN has been an active corporate citizen of Portland since 2006, the company has rented its office space on NW 13th Avenue. The 30,000 square foot footprint has enabled the company to thrive and grow as it has expanded its product offering, created its first company retail location, and supported its rapidly expanding fan base from around America and worldwide.

KEEN sees this new building as a great leap forward to provide the scalability for its continued growth and hybrid innovation. The ability to own versus rent the headquarters space will enable the company to infuse the “KEEN Factor” into its offices by customizing and creating new and culturally meaningful space for meeting rooms, showrooms, expanded retail and more.

"At KEEN we're always trying to repurpose for a purpose and this is one example of how we are converting that vision into a reality. It represents a sizable investment for KEEN; a long-term investment in our brand, our place and our people,” said Curleigh.  

“When we moved the brand to Portland from California in 2006 Portland was an immediate fit for KEEN,” said Linda Balfour, a long-time employee who moved with KEEN to Portland. “This purchase provides another exciting milestone in our short history; we are thrilled to create a custom space for our team and to make Portland our permanent home.”

WHO: The project will be managed by a team of KEEN advisors who share a similar vision and value set and who are experts in the field. The advisory team includes Tom Cody, managing partner of Portland-based Project.


About KEEN
KEEN, Inc. manufactures hybrid outdoor and casual products, including footwear, bags and socks. Founded in 2003 with the launch of the Newport sandal known for its patented toe protection technology, KEEN creates innovative and comfortable products that transition seamlessly from work to play, and enables people to pursue a Hybrid lifestyle: create, play and care. Through its Hybrid.Care giving program, KEEN supports social and environmental organizations around the world.  Named one of “America's Best Places to Work” by Outside magazine, KEEN is headquartered in Portland, Ore. KEEN products are available in more than 5,000 retail locations in 60 countries. Discover more about KEEN at keenfootwear.com, facebook.com/keen and twitter.com/keen.

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