The Hardin Story

Larry and Joyce Hardin left Southern California in the 1970’s looking to escape the crowds. They were searching for a quiet community where they could raise their family. They found Bandon, Oregon.

Larry began working in precision optical fabrication as a teenager and developed a life-long passion for optics, technology, and science. After completing several manufacturing projects from their new home on the Oregon Coast, Larry and Joyce started Hardin Optical Company in 1976 and began to hire employees. The company has grown over the years and now employs over eighty people including optical technicians, engineers, and machinists.

As Hardin Optical expanded, Joyce and Larry moved the business to new facilities, but they always stayed in Bandon. In fact, construction was completed in 2007 on a new state-of-the-art 65,000 square-foot manufacturing facility to house the company’s operations. The new facility houses the latest equipment and technologies that create a wide spectrum of precision optics and thin-film coatings. Hardin also maintains a complete machine shop that provides custom fabrication and in-house tool development for project support and maintenance.

Hardin Optical remains a family owned and operated business to this day. Michael Hardin, Larry and Joyce’s son, has stepped into the role of general manager and plans to keep the Hardin family business growing strong for many years to come.

Vision, Mission, Core Values

Vision

Be the Premier State-of-the-Art Supplier of High
Quality Precision Optical Components.

Mission

Ensure our customers’ and stakeholders’ success through innovation and practical solutions while maintaining the highest level of customer service.

Core Values

Hardin Optical produces components for optical devices that are critical to functions in the military, medical, and industrial industries.

At Hardin Optical we understand our customers. We view their success as our success. Many of our optics are used in hazardous environments, in devices relied upon by war fighters and doctors to accomplish their missions. Because we stand behind them, we take pride in our work and in our commitment to quality.

INNOVATION

Listen for and bring forth the best ideas and solutions. Drive continuous improvement in a controlled and ordered process. Be creative.

EXTRAORDINARY TEAMWORK

Coach and encourage, drive consensus and support decisions made. Be accountable to each other. Contribute to a positive team environment.

PASSION

Believe in your role, be your best and take pride in your workmanship. Acknowledge and celebrate success. Have fun and inspire others.

INTEGRITY

Do the right thing even when no one is looking. Face challenges honestly and promptly . Ethics are our foundation and not optional.

RESPECT

Always interact with customers and stakeholders with the utmost respect, honesty and professionalism. The golden rule applies.

CUSTOMER FOCUSED

Provide exceptional service and quality . Listen, collaborate, make meaningful commitments and meet them. Everyone is a customer.

COMMUNICATION

Consistently share pertinent information to empower others. Always ensure a mutual understanding.

Quality Policy

Hardin Optical produces components for optical devices that are critical to functions in the military, medical, and industrial industries.

At Hardin Optical we understand our customers. We view their success as our success. Many of our optics are used in hazardous environments, in devices relied upon by war fighters and doctors to accomplish their missions. Because we stand behind them, we take pride in our work and in our commitment to quality.

WE ARE
CUSTOMER FOCUSED

We commit to listening to and understanding our customers. As a Core Value, being Customer Focused means we listen to and collaborate with our customers as their partner, make meaningful commitments to them, and meet those commitments. Based on their feedback of our performance, we will continuously improve Hardin Optical.

WE INNOVATE TO
CONTINUOUSLY IMPROVE

We commit to a culture of continuous improvement that listens for the best ideas and solutions. We commit to developing the skills and tools necessary to improve our products, services, processes, and ourselves. Our Core Value of Innovation drives continuous improvement in a controlled and ordered process.

WE ARE
PROCESS BASED

We commit to a process based approach built upon a foundation of utmost integrity. This focus allows for creativity within a controlled environment and the application of best practices. Our Quality Management System ensures that we will meet our customer requirements.