Our History

Scott Hendrickson, our Founder and CEO, began his automation career in the mid-80s at Osram-Sylvania where he was part of their Robotics Team. In the late-80s, Scott joined Parker Hannifin’s newly formed Automation Division where he had commercial and technical responsibilities for clients in the New England markets.

In the late-90s, Scott was sponsored by Parker Hannifin to start a new Automation Technology Center (ATC) in the Pacific NW. Olympus Controls slowly expanded its technology offering to include the complementary products – vision, robots, sensors, safety - that clients needed to design and develop automation systems. By the mid-2000s, Olympus Controls had emerged as one of the strongest and largest players in the Pacific NW automation market.

Due to this success, we started to work with our supplier partners to add more geographical markets up and down the West Coast. This allowed us to address areas where they needed better market coverage.

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Both Olympus Controls and the Automation Industry have changed drastically over the last 15 years, and we have been at the center of this change. However, one thing that hasn’t changed is our vision:

“For Olympus Controls to be recognized as the best machine automation company in North America.”

We are not striving to be the biggest; we want quality over quantity. We want to be viewed as your automation partner that has the best people, the best business systems, the best business practices, and, most importantly, the best culture.