Keen Ramps Up American-Made Production
Keen is increasing its Portland, OR production by 26 percent, driven by strong demand for its “American Built” Utility boots and premium hikers. In addition, the company is expanding its relationship with Nester Hosiery, a partner of 14 years, known for crafting premium outdoor socks in North Carolina. Nester Hosiery will develop, manufacture and distribute new designs for men’s, women’s and youth socks for Keen Casual and Utility brands for fall 2021.
“Built in America has never been more important,” states Erik Burbank, vice president of the Keen Effect. “We’re excited to increase the number of boots we build in our Portland factory. We continued to invest in technology to ensure the facility is state-of-the-art and our talented team puts heart and soul into every pair of boots and sandals they assemble. We’re equally excited to expand our relationship with Nester, one of our most trusted partners. Through this partnership, we’ll help ensure Keen socks will continue to be made in America.”
Based in Mt. Airy, NC, Nester Hosiery has been manufacturing socks for leading outdoor brands since 1993 with an emphasis on merino wool. The company has a broad range of knitting capabilities at its technologically and sustainable driven facility. “Keen is one of our longest standing partners and we share the same core values,” says Kelly Nester, CEO, Nester Hosiery . “This new direction in our relationship enables us to give customers a broader range of functional and versatile socks while growing the Keen brands.”