FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 28, 2017) – KEEN, Inc. has received preliminary approval from the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority for a $19 million facility in Shepherdsville as the company looks to insource its order fulfillment function for its U.S. operations, which is currently performed by a third-party provider.
Based in Portland, Or., KEEN was founded in 2003 by Rory Fuerst and Martin Keen. The company is a designer, manufacturer, promoter and seller of footwear, bags, accessories and apparel, with their product available in retail locations throughout the U.S. and distributed worldwide.
KEEN plans to invest $10.4 million into the new facility for rent, $1 million for building and improvements, $6.6 million for equipment and $600,000 in other start-up costs.
Total tax incentives approved are $1,000,000 for a project that will create 83 jobs at an average salary of $27 per hour, with a projected job target of 10 years.