Success Story

Hardin Optical


Optical Manufacturing


Bandon Oregon

Date Founded


Number of Employees



Larry Hardin began working in precision optical fabrication as a teenager and developed a life-long passion for optics, technology, and science. Years of making precision optical components in the R&D lab of a major defense contractor helped build the skills necessary for Larry and his wife, Joyce, to found Hardin Optical on the beautiful Southern Oregon Coast. Each year Hardin Optical produces thousands of components for optical devices that are critical to functions in military, medical, and industrial devices. From infrared optics in night vision systems to Powell lenses in laser line generators, Hardin Optical houses the latest equipment and technologies to create a wide spectrum of precision optics and thin-film coatings.


Jobs Created


Growth in New Sales


In Cost Savings

The Situation

Hardin Optical was in the midst of transition to second-generation family ownership. General Manager Michael Hardin reached out for support in developing a smart, cohesive strategy that aligned with Hardin’s vision to “Be the Premier State-of-the-Art Supplier of High Quality Precision Optical Components”, while keeping sight of their commitment to innovation, practical solutions, and the highest level of customer service. Hardin also sought assistance in navigating the changes required to transition from ISO 9001:2008 to ISO 9001:2015.

The Solution

Hardin’s leadership team worked with OMEP to identify a strategic north star and assess their quality systems. OMEP then helped them focus on their core strengths that would help to lead the way – as well as identify any risks or gaps that must be reinforced to achieve success.


The Results

– Diversification of customer base and incubation of strategic partners
– ISO 9001:2015 certified
– Retooling of Quality program – including new internal audit team and streamlined procedures
– Cultural shift from isolated Quality function to engaging a broader team of in-house experts
– Meaningful cross-functional engagement in continuous improvement and corrective action

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OMEP has been instrumental in showing our company best practices and leading us through implementation. They bring smart, practical solutions, and a commitment to help your team understand and adopt.

Michael Hardin

General Manager