Today’s customers to the Hartman Brothers’ Montrose location may know the showroom that now boasts top-of-the-line medical supplies once showcased early iron horses. Hartman Brothers was the first Ford agency in Western Colorado in 1908, moving into their main lines of Dodge, Chrysler and Plymouth sales and service. After selling automobiles for 75 years, Hartman Brothers closed the doors to their dealership, but the Hartman Brothers welding supply business prospered, as it continues to today.
Continuing family tradition, the now fourth-generation Hartmans seemed to have the same knack for premonition and opportunity as their ancestors as the use of home-based medical care and oxygen accelerated in the 1980s. They took on a complete line of durable medical equipment, including wheelchairs, hospital beds, lift chairs and scooters, and home health care products.