2017 is a very important year for Arlington Laboratories and the Hearing Aid Repair Shop (HARS) as they’re both celebrating significant anniversaries. Arlington Laboratories is 20 years old, while HARS is 15.

All this year we’ve been looking back to events that took place during the respective founding years of each business.

iStock 26588335 MEDIUMSeptember 1997

The SEC conference space, more popularly known as “The Armadillo”, opened on 7 September 2007.

Designed by award-winning architect Sir Norman Foster, this 3,000 seater building employs flat sheet material to clad a series of framed “˜hulls’, which wrap around the disparate elements, including the auditorium fly-tower. These overlapping, aluminium-clad shells – reflective by day and floodlit at night – create a distinctive profile on the skyline.



dancer icon 70489September 2002

Born on 30 September 2002, Maddie Ziegler shot to worldwide fame in 2014 when she starred in the first of five music videos by Sia.

Aged just 11, Maddie took the lead in the 2014 video for "Chandelier" which received more than 1.6 billion views on YouTube. Maddie first appeared on the reality show Dance Moms at the age of 8 and has gone on to appear in films, television, concerts and magazine covers across the globe.


See what else happened in 1997 and 2002.