KEEN Footwear is going green and helping out its local economy by opening a new 15,000-square-foot facility just five miles from its headquarters. The decision to build the facility, which is located on Swan Island in North Portland, Oregon, is so close to home that the public is thrilled with their efforts to avoid outsourcing overseas. KEEN, known for their “hybrid shoes,” uses no adhesives and avoids using volatile chemicals. Their streamlined designs allow them to make shoes that use less material and less energy, and thus, cut emission costs. Fittingly, the first shoe to roll off the new assembly line will be the “Portland” boot.