Hardy Diagnostics receives 3 awards in June:1. “Best Employee Owned Company” of the Pacific Coast2. “Business of the Month” in Santa Maria3. “Best Places to Work” in the Central Coast
The R&D microbiologists at Hardy Diagnostics present four research posters at the National ASM Convention in Washington DC in June after a long hiatus due to the pandemic. They were: the new Candida auris chromogenic plate, improved Carba 5 detection of ESBLs evaluation, the Hardy MALDI comparison to Biotyper, and the new TRIO.BAS™ air sampler... Read more »
In May of this year, Ashleigh Rickey was promoted to the position of Quality Assurance Director after three years of employment with the company. Ashleigh is a Clinical Laboratory Scientist and has a Master’s degree in Public Health. She has also been certified by the Regulatory Affairs Professional Society for Medical Devices. Ashleigh manages a... Read more »
Hardy signs a distributorship agreement with Applied BioCode of Santa Fe Springs, California. The BioCode MDx-3000 offers a new and exciting technology that involves microscopic bar-coded beads to simultaneously detect multiple pathogenic organisms (bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites) as developed by Dr. Winston Ho. This advanced PCR multiplex system is FDA cleared for two panels... Read more »
In January, Hardy launched its new HardyCHROM™ Campy Plate (Catalog no. G339). This new medium can detect species of Campylobacter by the red color development of the colonies, thus making it extremely easy for the microbiologist to identify this troublesome organism that so often causes food poisoning.
At the beginning of 2022 a new employee breakroom was completed at our Ohio facility. Employees can relax in a Bistro-like atmosphere in a newly decorated space for their enjoyment.
We made about 1.5 million Viral Transports (#R99) in one month, thanks to Hardy co-workers that put in extra time at night and on weekends, and Partners from other departments that helped out in packaging.
After being involved in manufacturing at Hardy Diagnostics for six years, Ethan Brannon is named to head up the entire Manufacturing Department, which includes the both of the facilities in California and Ohio. Ethan became the Director of Manufacturing in January of 2022 and has successfully led numerous projects as a part of the company’s... Read more »
Sales of ImmuView begin to soar. This new kit that Hardy distributes from Denmark will detect Legionella pneumophila and Streptococcus pneumonia antigens in the urine of patients that are suffering from pneumonia.
In September, a new high speed automated plate pouring line was installed at Hardy’s Springboro, Ohio facility. It can pour ten petri plates at a time, making it the largest and fastest in America. It also fully automates the bagging, sealing, and labeling process so that the plates are never handled by human hands.
In September, Hardy released its newest addition to its extensive line of Chromogenic media plates. HardyCHROM Candida+auris detects all the clinically significant yeasts (C. albicans, tropicalis, krusei, and glabrata) and now includes Candida auris. C. auris is a potentially deadly fungus that is highly resistant to most of the anti-fungal drugs. To aid in its... Read more »
In August, Hardy released yet another Chromogenic media plate that will easily detect Group A Strep (Streptococcus pyogenes) which is the cause of Strep throat infections. Clinical microbiologists appreciate the fact that the Group A Strep colonies develop a distinct red-orange color within 24 hours of incubation. Also, the colors are intensified by the pure... Read more »
In 2021, Hardy Diagnostics had one of the biggest and best Food Drives in company history. Overall, between Ohio and California, we were able to donate over $20,000 worth of food and cash. These donations help lift up our local communities by donation to the Dayton Food Bank, The Santa Barbara County Food Bank, and... Read more »
Hardy becomes the exclusive distributor for the AutoBio Autof ms 1000 spectrometer for the rapid identification of microorganisms. This MALDI-TOF instrument is capable of identifying 96 samples in less than 20 minutes hands-on time. Its database is the largest in the industry and contains 5,000 species with over 15,000 strains of bacteria, yeast, and filamentous... Read more »
Hardy continued to do its part to control the Covid-19 Pandemic. Millions of Viral Transport Media tubes were produced, along with the sales of swabs, masks, face shields, sanitizers, and disinfectants. Hardy also became a distributor for the Covid-19 Antibody and Antigen rapid test kits, that produce results in about 15 minutes.
At the end of the year, a three-year long expansion project was finished at the Ohio manufacturing facility, which doubled the space needed for new clean rooms, warehousing, shipping, and walk-in coolers.
In December, HDx completed a renovation project of its manufacturing facility in California, in which a new walk-in cooler, employee locker room, and chemistry lab were completed.
In October, the Hardy Partners celebrated their eighth year of being an Employee Owned company (ESOP). As a company that is 100% owned by its employees, the workers receive free shares in the company every year on November 30th. The theme this year was “Backing Your Future!”
In September, several new executive leadership positions were created. Andre Hsiung became the company’s Chief Scientific Officer in charge of R&D, Technical Services and Performance Studies. Christopher Catani (pictured) was promoted to Chief Operations Officer. Sue Pruett added Quality Control to her Quality Assurance duties.
In the Fall, two new properties were purchased on McCoy Lane in Santa Maria, CA. A 12,000sf building as added to the seven existing buildings on McCoy to house more office and manufacturing space. Also, a two acre parcel was purchased to accommodate a future building project.
In May, Hardy Dx continued its endeavor to keep hospitals well supplied with PPE by releasing a new UV light chamber that is used to sanitize N95 face masks. It is capable of sanitizing four masks at a time within four minutes. This UV treatment will allow hospitals to recycle their N95 masks that are... Read more »
In March, HDx immediately responded to increased demand for Viral Transport Media and PPE to help meet our nation’s need for supplies to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Over 20 million Viral Transports were sold in 2020, along with millions of swabs, masks, face shield, and sanitizers.
In January, Hardy purchased the rights to DuraRack, a new design for an exceedingly sturdy and durable Petri Plate rack. This patented, epoxy-coated, steel rack will hold up to 84 100mm Petri plates for incubator or refrigerator use. The last rack you will ever have to buy!
At the beginning of the year, Hardy gained FDA clearance for the CARBA 5 lateral flow test kit for the rapid detection of five of the carbapenemase enzymes involved in Gram negative bacterial resistance to most antibiotics (the “superbugs”).
In November, Hardy Diagnostics was presented with a “Certificate of Recognition” from the Salvation Army. The company continues their commitment to donate 1% of its earnings to charitable causes to make our world a better place.
In November, Hardy released the PathFinder Listeria test. This novel test will fluoresce green in the presence of pathogenic Listeria spp. It only takes overnight incubation to detect all the pathogenic species of Listeria that may be lurking on environmental surfaces of a food processing plant.
In October, Hardy gained clearance from the FDA to market the new Carba 5 lateral flow device that detects the five main bacterial enzymes of Carbapenem resistance. Test results are obtained in only 15 minutes and the cost is far less than PCR.
In July, Hardy announced the long-awaited release of The Wizard, an automated colony counting device that is used for the analysis of the Compact Dry plates. These plates are designed to enumerate the contaminating bacteria, yeast, and mold from food specimens.
On May 1, Hardy purchased the microbiology division of HealthLink in Jacksonville, Florida. Hardy is pleased to welcome the HealthLink customers and to assist them in purchasing culture media, antibiotic disks, QC microorganisms, specimen collection and transport swabs. One of the main products involved in this transaction is the Selective Strep Agar Plate.
On April 29, the FDA cleared Hardy’s new chromogenic agar plate, HardyCHROM CRE. This medium is used to detect Carbapenem Resistant Enterobacteriaceae. Commonly known as highly drug resistant “Super Bugs,” these organisms are an increasing concern in the medical field today. This culture media will assist in their detection and control. Other similar products would... Read more »
In May, Hardy renovated the design and packaging of their irradiated contact plates. These triple bagged pates are now capable of room temperature storage and are designed to control excess condensation. The plates feature the “twist lock” design that keeps the lids firmly attached to the base in order to reduce the chance of contamination... Read more »
Hardy Diagnostics was awarded VWR Life Science Supplier of the Year award for 2018 (also the winner for 2016) for the second time since we began our partnership with VWR in 2013. This is based on percent increase from previous year and voted on by the VWR sales reps. Hardy Diagnostics also won the platinum... Read more »
In keeping with Hardy’s Green philosophy, Hardy completed its solar panel project for two of its buildings in Santa Maria, CA during the month of February. This large array consists of almost 700 panels and is the largest solar project in Santa Maria. It will provide the majority of the power needs for both of... Read more »
In January, Hardy Diagnostics once again was awarded the Life Science “Supplier of the Year” award by VWR. This honor was due to Hardy’s record for prompt delivery, breadth of product line, and excellence in customer service.
In December, Hardy became re-certified by the State of California and the County of Santa Barbara as a Green Business. To achieve this award the company had to complete many green projects. Some examples would include the conversion of all lighting to LED bulbs, the use recycled paper, eliminating the use of paper plates and... Read more »
A new locking lid, “Lok-Tight,” was introduced for Hardy’s line of contact plates for surface monitoring. The locking lid is activated by twisting the lid clockwise in order to keep the lid fastened even if the plates are accidentally dropped. The locking feature is important for the integrity of clean room surface testing for viable... Read more »
A new and improved Carrot Broth for the detection of Group B Strep was launched this year. This “One Step” product no longer requires the addition of a tile into the tube. Carrot Broth remains the best way to screen for Group B Strep in pregnant women in order to prevent neonatal disease.
Hardy has made available numerous products that can be used to test the safety of cannabis products. These include media for the detection of bacterial and fungal pathogens, such as, Salmonella, toxigenic E. coli, Aspergillus, and others. Traditional culture media is offered for the performance of colony counting procedures, as well as new products, such... Read more »
Hardy launched numerous products in a bag format in 2018. Tryptic Soy Broth is now available in bags of 100ml, 700ml, and 5L; which include convenient dispensing ports. These products are used by the pharmaceutical and food industries.
Sales of the TrioBas Impact Air Samplers continue to grow. Customers enjoy the Bluetooth feature, multiple heads, and cordless charging. Hardy now offers annual calibration services for those that use the TriBas system for their clean rooms.
In August, The company-owned Moxie Café expanded and opened up a new branch within the Santa Maria Library. Now healthy food options can be enjoyed by customers in the downtown area.
In July, the Hardy Partners donated over five tons of food to help feed the disadvantaged in our community. 1,800 food items and $1,000 in cash were generously given by the Hardy workers. All proceeds will be distributed by the Salvation Army.
Hardy opened a new California distribution warehouse in order to better serve its West Coast customers. This 20,000sf facility in Santa Maria allows Hardy to efficiently process outgoing orders. As a part of Hardy’s green efforts, the entire roof and back parking lot will be covered with 650 solar panels which will more than supply... Read more »
In August, Cardinal Health became an authorized distributor of Hardy’s automated gram stain instrument. This advanced and patented instrument accommodates all different types and thicknesses of specimen material in order to produce a consistent, perfectly stained slide every time, and without variation due to technologist technique.
In January of 2018 Hardy Diagnostics earned its accreditation from ISO 17025 to perform calibrations for its customers. The laboratory at Hardy currently calibrates air samplers used in a clean room environment. Plans for adding thermometers and scales are being formulated.
In July, the QuickSlide division was successfully moved from Texas to Hardy’s Springboro manufacturing facility in Ohio. The sales of QuickSlide automated stainers showed growth of over 30% compared to last year, as laboratories seek to cut labor costs by introducing more automation into their labs. The instruments offer fast and consistent processing of Gram... Read more »
Hardy becomes the exclusive distributor for Dilucup, a new patented way to streamline the preparation of serial dilutions for the microbiological testing of food samples. The instrument reduces tech time, reduces repetitive stress, and saves space in the lab.
Our customer service operation moved to a new building on McCoy Lane in May. It features 35 new work stations, photo studio, calibration lab, conference room, break room, and relaxation room. The building is energy efficient with all LED lighting and the landscaping is designed for ultra-low water usage.
VWR presented Hardy Diagnostics with their “Supplier of the Year” award at their annual sales conference in Dallas in January. There were over 1,400 in attendance to honor suppliers that offered excellent products and service to their customers. VWR employs 9,300 workers and reports revenues of over $4.3 billion for their services to the scientific... Read more »
In keeping with Hardy’s record of never having a year of decreasing sales in its 36 year history, the company grew by 7% in 2016. To honor the pledge made by the directors, once again 1% of all earnings were distributed to charities such as the Boys and Girls Club, Good Samarian Shelter, Special Olympics,... Read more »
Hardy launched a new selective medium for the detection of Clostridium difficile, which is the leading cause of devastating Hospital Acquired Infections (HAIs). Starting in November, Hardy’s product is capable of monitoring environmental surfaces in the patient’s room for both spores and vegetative cells of C. difficile. This is a much needed tool (and the... Read more »
In November, Hardy became the first culture media company to offer a highly selective chromogenic medium specifically for gram negative rod ESBL organisms; sometimes referred to in the press as “superbugs.” This new medium will isolate and detect these highly resistant strains of E. coli (pictured) and Klebsiella. Growth of resistant strains occur from stool... Read more »
In October, Hardy announced its partnership with Orum International, an Italian company that manufactures Trio Bas impact air samplers that are routinely used to monitor air quality in clean rooms. The Trio Bas holds up to three petri plates that will grow bacteria and fungi that become impacted onto the surface of the media from... Read more »
The grand opening of Hardy’s new Salt Lake City Distribution Center occurred in June. The new facility tripled the space compared to the previous warehouse. This allows Hardy to provide better service to the Rocky Mountain states. Hardy has maintained distribution centers in Utah and Arizona for its customers since 1998.
In April, Hardy Diagnostics was honored by Inc. Magazine for the fifth time to be in America’s top 5,000 fastest growing private companies. Not only that, but Hardy will complete its 36th year of doing business without ever having a year of declining sales. Hardy continues to release new, innovative, and unique products for the... Read more »
Our CEO, Jay Hardy, appears before the US House Committee for Small Business in April in order to voice his support of a bill (H.R. 2096) that was introduced that will provide incentives for business owners to create an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). Jay was among four witnesses before Congress to testify of his... Read more »
On January 15th, Hardy Diagnostics acquired the GG&B Company in Wichita Falls, Texas. This new division of Hardy Diagnostics was renamed “QuickSlide.” This company has developed four models of automated microscope slide stainers. They use a patented process to ensure consistent and distinct results every time. Of the four models offered, there are two models... Read more »
The Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara presented Jay and Anne Hardy with the “Ambassador Award” for their support of higher education by granting 32 college scholarships over the last two years.
In April, Hardy Diagnostics was honored with an award for Excellence in Employee Ownership from the Pacific Coast Business Times in Ventura, California. The company has now been owned by the employees since the beginning of 2013. Under the ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Plan) the employees are granted shares in the company each year in order to... Read more »
Hardy Diagnostics releases an innovative new culture medium from its R&D; department for the selective identification of Vibrio bacteria. Vibrio infections, originating from shellfish and contaminated water, continue to be of increasing concern in America. The chromogenic media, HardyCHROM™ Vibrio, will identify the three Vibrio species that are pathogenic to humans. It is the first and only product... Read more »
Hardy Diagnostics exporting efforts win an award from the US Department of Commerce for being an “Export-Ready” firm, proactively participating in local export seminars, domestic and international trade fairs, and going abroad to develop and establish long-term partnerships with distributors and end-users. Hardy exudes the entrepreneurial spirit of a company that is tapping into other markets... Read more »
Jay Hardy sells his remaining 30% ownership to the employees of Hardy Diagnostics at the end of August. The company is now 100% owned by the workers. This completes the ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Plan) program that was started three years ago. Jay remains as the CEO, as the employees now completely own the company that they have worked... Read more »
The fifth building on the Hardy campus in Santa Maria was purchased in May. This 13,000 sf building will house the customer service operation for the company. The property was beautifully re-landscaped in order to reduce irrigation requirements as part of it Green efforts. A new 20,000 sf building behind the one pictured will soon be erected... Read more »
In October, the Moxie Café, owned and operated by the employees of Hardy Diagnostics, was ranked number one out of hundreds of restaurants on both the Yelp and TripAdvisor websites, based on positive customer reviews. In addition, as a result of its reader poll, the Sun Magazine presented the Moxie with four awards: Best New Business... Read more »
In October of 2014 the Moxie Café and Hardy Diagnostics were recently named one of Santa Maria’s most beautiful businesses by Santa Maria Valley Beautiful. The award was given in recognition of the Moxie’s commitment to community pride through creating a beautiful environment. The Moxie Café is owned and operated by the employees of Hardy Diagnostics. The... Read more »
Hardy announces a new alliance with Nissui Pharmaceuticals in Japan. Nissui manufactures a product for the food industry called Compact Dry. With Compact Dry one can perform a bacterial and fungal counts on a food sample. The plate is very thin and thus space efficient. The media is dehydrated for a long shelf life and... Read more »
The company opens up a new restaurant, known as the Moxie Café, next to the Santa Maria campus; not only for the employees, but for the public as well. The restaurant features many healthy choices of delicious dishes including salads, wraps, sandwiches, and rotisserie beef and free-range chicken. The Moxie also offers two conference rooms... Read more »
In April, Hardy Diagnostics opened its ninth distribution center in Raleigh, North Carolina. This warehouse will service Hardy customers in North and South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, and Northern Georgia. This will enhance and compliment Hardys existing network of distribution centers designed to provide customers with inexpensive next day ground delivery. Watch a short... Read more »
Numerous pieces of equipment were implemented for our manufacturing processes, such as a new ultra-sophisticated autoclave from Switzerland, an automated serum vial filler and crimper, a new versatile plate pouring line for all types of Petri dishes, and an automated cap torqueing machine for more consistent screw-cap tightness.
Twelve editions of our microbiology newsletter, MicroBytes, were published. This is the sixth year of offering this popular newsletter that is enjoyed by over 10,000 loyal readers.
Hardy Diagnostics signed up 2,176 new customers in 2014. The year ended with a growth in sales of over 10%.
Jay Hardy accepts an award from the Rotary Club for “Ethics in Business.” This award is given annually to the company that most demonstrates its involvement in building strong communities.
A contract is signed with the well-known scientific supply distributor, VWR. Hardy Diagnostics now offers 1,600 of its culture media products through this distribution channel to the industrial and research microbiology labs. Hardys TapTight™ contact plates and the CulGenex™ molecular biology reagents are now being sold exclusively through VWR.
The Northwest distribution center in Centralia is moved to Lacey, Washington, a suburb of Olympia. The new and larger facility services the Hardy customers in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana.
The Federal government requires that all manufacturers pay a highly contested 2.3% tax on the sale of all medical devices, in order to help fund the new Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Hardy becomes a supplier to Medline, one of the nations largest distributors of medical and surgical products. Medline will be representing Hardy in its new laboratory supply offering.
Hardys Swab Rinse Kits are now being used on the International Space Station to collect specimens for culture. The astronauts are using the Hardy Diagnostics products to sample the microbiome in and on their own bodies as well as the microbiome of the surfaces within the space craft.
Jay Hardy, the founder and president of Hardy Diagnostics sells the company in January of 2013. The majority of Hardy Diagnostics is now owned by the employees who work there. “If we act like we own the place,
it’s because we do!”
Hardys R&D department releases HardyCHROM™ SS for the detection of both Salmonella and Shigella from stool cultures by utilizing chromogenic substances in the culture media. This is the first and only medium that will identify both of these pathogens and differentiate them from non-pathogens, such as Proteus. In the past, time and money was wasted... Read more »
New clean rooms are opened in Springboro, Ohio. Over $2 million is spent on the state-of-the-art manufacturing facility that will provide culture media to Hardys customers in the Midwest and Atlantic Seaboard.
Hardy Diagnostics becomes an authorized distributor of Sartorius, world renowned for its excellent liquid filtering equipment. The Sartorius products are used for the microbial examination of water, sterile fluids, beverages, etc.
Carrot Broth™ and GBS Detect™ sales continue to grow worldwide. The product is now CE marked for sales in Europe. The CDC has included Carrot Broth™ in its recommended procedures for the detection of Group B Strep in pregnant women.
Hardy Diagnostics becomes a certified “Green Business” and is recognized by the County of Santa Barbara, California for its many efforts in preserving our planet for future generations.
The AnaeroGRO™ product line for anaerobes continues to be become more popular with microbiologists. A recent study showed that AnaeroGRO™ outperformed other products on the market.
Hardy Diagnostics employees start a Community Action Committee to give, serve and invest.
The fourth building at the Hardy Diagnostics campus on McCoy Lane in Santa Maria, California is purchased in December. This 21,000 square foot building will be used primarily for storage and future manufacturing. This brings the California headquarters to a total of 100,000 square feet of space.
A new distribution center is completed in December in Albany, New York. This is the eighth warehouse facility that is maintained by Hardy Diagnostics and represents the last one to complete the nationwide network. This network provides rapid and inexpensive ground delivery for the laboratory customers that require fast service.
Robert Meijer is promoted in November to take on the duties of Sales Manager and went on to become Director of Sales and Marketing. He is made responsible for managing the field reps and handling national accounts. Robert has extensive experience in both diagnostic and industrial microbiology from both a sales and manufacturing viewpoint over... Read more »
In September, Hardy Diagnostics acquires the culture media portion of Gibson Laboratories in Lexington, Kentucky. Gibson (owned by Microbiologics) was a major supplier to the veterinary and physicians office laboratories that serviced over 150 customers.
Hardy joins the social networking revolution with a new fresh look on Facebook.
A new state-of-the-art steam sterilizer is custom designed and purchased from Switzerland. It provides ultra precise controls over the sterilization process for culture media tubes, bags, and bottles.
1,130 square feet is devoted to a new laboratory dedicated exclusively to R&D. This lab features environmentally controlled rooms for carrying out molecular biology studies, as well as traditional microbiology.
HardyCHROM™ MRSA is the newest media to join the family of chromogenic plates. Hardys new selective media will detect MRSA within 16 to 24 hours by the production of magenta colonies.
Hardy changes ISO registrars to BSI, a well known accreditation agency. Hardy has now been ISO certified for six years.
The online ordering feature on the Hardy Website is upgraded to include a feature-rich program, so that customers can easily place an order at anytime.
A larger facility is purchased in Springboro, Ohio. The existing distribution center in Ohio is moved to this new 47,000 square foot facility.
The CRITERION™ bottle was completely re-designed to include better seals and a more sturdy opaque plastic bottle.
A new onsite 1,200 square foot gym is provided for the Hardy employees to compliment its “Fit Friendly” workplace philosophy.
The AnaeroGRO™ line of pre-reduced culture media is released in December. AnaeroGRO™, with oxygen-free packaging, is designed especially for the growth of clinically significant obligate anaerobic bacteria.
A new line of products for the molecular biology researcher is created, known as “CulGenex™”, which includes LB Agar and Broth, buffers, salines, and electrophoresis gels.
AloeSure™, the new, safe, natural, and effective hand sanitizer is released for those who want to avoid putting dangerous chemicals on their hands.
Many new products are released from the R&D department, such as: Acinetobacter Media, Rapid Anginosis Kit, Rapid Ornithine Broth, and HardyCHROM™ ESBL.
A new distribution center is opened in Lake City, Florida in order to provide next day service to customers in Georgia and Florida. Now there are seven distribution centers in the nationwide network, providing fast service to Hardy Diagnostics customers.The plate pouring line is automated further with the addition of a robotic bagger and label... Read more »
Hardy purchases Bacti-Lab™, a culture media company in the San Francisco Bay Area that specializes in doctor and vet office microbiology systems. The “Derm-Duet™” and “Sab-Duet™” used for skin fungal cultures become Hardy products.
HUGO™ version 7 is released to keep all customers updated with current technical information.
Hardy Diagnostics is included in the Inc. 5000. Hardy Diagnostics is among the nation’s 5000 fastest growing companies according to Inc. Magazine.
Another Big year kick off for Hardy Diagnostics! New high speed plate pouring equipment is installed, which fills, labels, and bags over 9,000 Petri plates per hour. Comprehensive manufacturing software is implemented to achieve better control over raw material inventory and associated costs. A new lyophilizer is implemented to freeze-dry various solutions, such as rabbit... Read more »
The “Hardy Enterprise Center” (25,000 square feet) is added to the Hardy Diagnostics campus to provide new offices, warehouse, photo studio, cleanrooms, and manufacturing rooms. The Hardy campus now consists of 76,000 square feet of building space in Santa Maria.
Hardy Diagnostics goes green by installing skylights and replacing lighting with energy efficient fluorescents and LED bulbs.
Hardy Diagnostics becomes certified by the American Heart Association as an official “Fit Friendly Workplace” due to its commitment to promoting healthy lifestyles.