About Rare Earth Coatings


Rare Earth Coatings was established 1981 by Larry and Kathy Olson. REC was founded to address a need in the industry for a specialized optical coating and has since has expanded to include our current capabilities. Started in our founders basement to fulfill a program for NASA, REC has grown to over 50 employees and 21,000 square feet. To date we have supported programs for major defense, medical and other Fortune 500 companies. 




Rare Earth Coatings, Inc. is located in Litchfield Minnesota, 69 miles west of the Twin Cities metropolitan area. We utilize vacuum chambers from 18" to 72" in diameter to accommodate prototype to large volume production runs. REC also has the capability to support secondary operations such as painting, plating,  masking, tooling, pad printing, and lite assembly.


Our goal is to work with our customers to produce and deliver product that meets or exceeds customer expectations and all regulatory specifications and to take personal responsibility to continually improve our performance in order to provide our customers with consistent value and on time delivery.

In 2013 REC’s Quality Management System became certified to ISO 9001:2008 and AS9100C standards. In 2017 we took our QMS to ISO 9001:2015 and AS9100D. In 2017 we will also be implementing some NADCAP processes.



Gold Coated C3P0 model done for Adam Savage of Mythbusters