PORTLAND, Ore. (October 23, 2018) — For over 15 years, KEEN, Inc. (KEEN) has produced market-leading outdoor footwear known for its innovation, craftsmanship, comfort, versatility, and durability. The family-owned outdoor and lifestyle footwear brand continues to put its values and fans first with the grand opening of its Fan Engagement Center in Shepherdsville, KY on October 23, 2018.

“KEEN's first Fan Engagement Center is a statement of KEEN's commitment and passion to provide our fans and strategic partners with the ultimate delivery and product experience,” says Kirk Hale, KEEN VP of global supply chain. “The ultimate goal of KEEN's Fan Engagement Center is to exceed the expectations of our fans and customers while being an active contributor to the local communities.”

In the brand-new, 300,002-square-foot Fan Engagement Center, KEEN will better serve fans and customers of the brand with an end-to-end approach to product distribution. The Fan Engagement Center provides better responsiveness to demand volatility and will have the capacity to process 30-percent to 50-percent more daily volume than KEEN’s previous distribution facility.

Consistent with KEEN’s brand values, the Fan Engagement Center is an example of a highly efficient and metric-driven environment that is committed to quality, service and continuous improvement. Offering approximately 90 full-time jobs to the local Shepherdsville community, KEEN also provides employees with opportunities to get out and make a difference with paid community service days.

“Yes, we make great shoes,” says KEEN COO Kate Sweeney. “More importantly, though, we build amazing careers, support outside adventure and encourage giving back to our communities. It all starts with our greatest resource, our employees. From our brand-new distribution center in Shepherdsville, Kentucky, to our design offices to our retail floors, our brand is full of people brimming with a passion for excellence, a love for life outside, and a desire to make things better.”

The KEEN Fan Engagement Center provides a terrific opportunity for KEEN fans and partners because the KEEN-owned facility allows the brand to have the final touch before products are shipped. KEEN’s Fan Engagement Center in Shepherdsville, KY officially opens on Tuesday, October 23, 2018.

Please direct KEEN media inquiries to Associate PR Director Greg Fitzsimmons at greg.fitzsimmons@rygr.us. 

Contact: Greg Fitzsimmons
greg.fitzsimmons@rygr.us
970-924-0704 ext. 156

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About KEEN: Driven by a passion for life outside, KEEN is a values-led, independently owned brand from Portland, Oregon, that’s on a mission to create original and versatile products, improve lives, and inspire outside adventure. Founded in 2003, it launched a revolution in the footwear industry with the introduction of the Newport adventure sandal, and has donated more than $17 million to non-profit organizations and causes around the world to promote responsible outdoor recreation, including conservation efforts to protect open spaces. KEEN makes shoes to make a difference. By giving back, reducing impact, and activating communities and individuals to protect the places where we live, work and play, KEEN puts its values in motion and takes action to leave the world a better place. Learn more at https://www.keenfootwear.com/our-purpose.html

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