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Harken, Inc. is an international manufacturer specializing in performance sailing hardware and industrial solutions, headquartered in Pewaukee, Wisconsin, United States. The company was founded in a 60-foot trailer in 1967 by brothers Peter and Olaf Harken. Originally, the brothers manufactured sailboats under the name Vanguard and kept the hardware business separate so they could sell to competing boatbuilders. Gary Comer, founder of Lands’ End clothing company. Advised and helped them distribute their first blocks by placing them in the Lands’ End catalogue.
In 1986, Vanguard Sailboats was spun off to Stephen Clark in Rhode Island. So that the brothers could focus on hardware. Hardware has been a dominant force in the racing segment for many years, making its Olympic and America’s Cup debuts in 1976 and 1977.
Harken’s primary manufacturing plants are the Pewaukee headquarters and the Italian office in Limido Comasco, Como. Hardware has sales and service offices in USA, France, Japan, Poland, Slovenia, Sweden, Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom.