The real fuel behind a company's success is its people. Peter and Olaf Harken recognized this basic business principle more than 50 years ago when starting Harken/Vanguard in the Lake Country of Southeastern Wisconsin. Since those early days, Harken has grown from a backyard dream of two brothers to a global reality with group offices around the world and distribution in 48 countries. Harken gear dominates events like the America's Cup, the Volvo Ocean Race, and the Olympics. Blocks, travelers, winches, and hydraulics are aboard everything from the smallest dinghies to the largest megayachts.
The Harken story has been full of twists, turns, successes, and reinventions, but through it all the goal of challenging the status quo and commitment to excellence has always remained the same.
Harken Today; Looking toward the future, Harken has built new, efficient facilities in the USA and Italy, and has taken ownership and responsibility of manufacturing by bringing it in-house. Sophisticated machinery, highly trained technicians, the innovative ideas of engineers, and enhanced work-flow models open unlimited possibilities for growth.