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.