About Us

Making Things Safer, Lighter, More Efficient

Harken Industrial™ is a division of Harken®, Inc., a privately held company with more than 50 years of experience at the technological front of the sailing equipment industry. Building upon this background, Harken Industrial has developed industrial equipment that can withstand the harshest environmental conditions.

Harken Industrial engineers and manufactures a wide range of efficient, durable, lightweight, load-handling and safe access solutions. Harken Industrial’s low-friction products include fiber rope winches, pulleys, trolley and rail systems, static attachments, and rope ascent and controlled descent products. Where required, our equipment includes regulatory certifications for human suspension and fall protection.

Because our lighter weight, lower friction products are more mobile, your team is more agile, there is less strain on workers and on load-bearing infrastructure. Your organization can complete jobs with smaller teams. Our solutions bring efficiencies that translate into improved safety as well as long-term benefits to the bottom line.

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 their company amidst the fields and lakes of America’s Midwest. Since those early days, Harken has grown from a backyard dream of two brothers to a global reality with 11 offices around the world and distribution in 48 countries.

We have more than 80,000 square feet of manufacturing capacity in two state-of-the-art facilities in the USA and Italy. We are committed to quality and product testing. Our USA facility is ISO 9001:2015 certified, with our Italian facility soon to follow.

Our global network of distributors provides service and support before and after each sale. Elevated Safety (elevatedsafety.com), a Harken Industrial company, provides training and consulting services in industrial rope access and rescue. Those services include training in working at height, confined space access and rescue, fire rescue and SPRAT certification. In addition to Elevated Safety, Harken Industrial has a growing network of official training partners around the world including SWS -- Safety Work Services (safetyworkservices.com) in the Italian city of Peschiera Borromeo.


Our philosophy is simple. We strive to live up to what's known around here as our four Weather Marks:

  • Keep the well-being of your people first.
  • Make the best products at a fair price.
  • Service your customers beyond their expectations.
  • Never lose the basic judgment you've been taught: your sense of right from wrong.


These guiding principles will never change. This isn’t just “corporate speak.” We lean on them when we make decisions. Really.

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.