Your Next Keen Shoes Will be Built in Portland, Oregon

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KeenKeen Footwear has opened a small factory in Portland, Oregeon with plans to make a portion of its product in the U.S., further diversifying the company's future sourcing options. Keen joins the Portland manufacturing scene alongside LaCrosse Footwear, parent company of Danner boot company, who this past September expanded their operations by upgrading to a larger, more up-to-date factory.

Yakima Buys New Zealand Vehicle Rack Maker Hubco

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YakimaYakima has acquired New Zealand's Hubco Automotive, manufacturers of vehicle-top racks for the Australasia region. With this acquisition, Yakima will expand their lines of vehicle-top sport and cargo racks, bringing Hubco's Whispbar and Prorack products to the U.S. and international markets.

Deckers Outdoor Sues Again

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DeckersLess than a month ago, Outdoor USA reported on Deckers' suit against Bearpaw to stop the company's alleged copying of several Ugg boot designs. Now Deckers is suing Emu Australia for a similar case of trademark infringement. Deckers alleges that Emu and Bearpaw are using their designs to mislead customers into thinking they are purchasing genuine Uggs. Deckers is swiftly addressing companies they feel have copied their style by taking legal action in an attempt to strengthen the trust between the company and their consumers.

Grassroots Outdoor Alliance Gains Another New Partner

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ChacoGrassroots Outdoor Alliance has recently added Scarpa as a partner, and has now welcomed Chaco as their newest addition. The sandal comany is trying to branch out into a four-season business, and with this new partnership with Grassroots they believe that can be achieved. Along with their new initiatives, Chaco will continue alongside GOA to support specialty retailers and charities that are important to both groups.

Opening of Unifi Central America Expands Regional Support

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UnifiUnifi will officially mark the opening of Unifi Central America with a ribbon cutting ceremony on December 2, 2010. Local- and state-elected officials of El Salvador will join Unifi's President and CEO Bill Jasper, Executive Vice President Roger Berrier and Vice President of Manufacturing Tom Caudle for the grand opening celebration of the nearly 120,000 square foot facility, which will employ approximately 175 people. The expansion of Unifi manufacturing operations into Central America will allow the company to better support and service customers in the region.

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