It’s not every day that girls’ softball teams get to display their equipment in an organizer that has been custom designed and precision manufactured just for them, but for two North Shore girls’ teams, the 2007 North Shore Stars and the 2005-06 North Shore Stars, that’s exactly what happened, thanks to Hardings Steel, a family owned North Vancouver business.

Lisa Misola, the CFO at Hardings Steel, has one daughter on each of those teams, and when she mentioned to the owner, Darren Harding, that their stuff was always being dumped in the dugout, misplaced, trampled on and worse, he got to work.

The result was a portable, custom designed organizer that hangs on any chain link fence on any dugout, and keeps water bottles, bats, gloves and helmets safely off the ground and easily accessible. But the designer element didn’t stop there.

Because the team colors for both teams are red, the choice of powder coating was easy. Not so easy was customizing each organizer with the player’s initials, but thanks to the precision water jet cutting table that Hardings has a reputation for, it was achieved, perfectly.

Hardings Steel is a company that routinely builds highly specialized equipment for labs and science facilities. They repair heavy construction equipment, hand forge steelwork for the architectural industry, build complex set components for the movie industry and create racking to carry the heaviest of loads.

But for a few young ladies on the North Shore, they are also the company that made their cool new gear organizers, and sometimes, it’s those little jobs, and the involvement in the community that really make you proud.

Go North Shore Stars!