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Philadelphia House

Very nice bag,i'm sure this is a great help our environment

Jordan

Steve,

Not having much luck finding this bag for sale anywhere. Was it a limited edition? Drop me a line sometime if you get a chance.

Your friend Toyota Landcruiser co-driver Jordan.

Steve Casimiro

Yes, Keen is quite progressive in their work. And I don't know as much about Chinese factory dynamics as I should, but as I understand it, it's typical for workers to live in employee housing at the factory site. Compensation includes room and board on top of their pay. Many workers come to urban factories from rural villages and this is the best way for them to get foothold in their new community. So it's not uncommon at all for them to live, work, and eat there. I think it's more common than not.

But like I said, I'm no expert on Chinese factories, so if someone who knows more would like to jump in, go for it.

Vince M. Camiolo

I get the impression Keen is a fairly progressive company in terms of environmental stewardship -- which is good -- but it's a bit concerning that "the workers basically live at the factory" at their Chinese facility.

What does this mean, exactly?

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