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The History of Hartmann’s Old World Sausage

Eugen and Brigitte Hartmann founded Hartmann’s Old World Sausage in 1963. From the beginning Hartmann’s has been known locally for two things, creating a traditional product and creating it well.

With such a positive local reputation the brand quickly expanded. Hartmann’s gourmet sausages could soon be found in area supermarkets. Growth continued in this manner and the company eventually caught the attention of a master sausage maker out of Colorado, Josef Brunner.

Josef and his wife Elizabeth purchased Hartmann’s Old World Sausage in 2004. Immediately realizing the potential of the small company, The Brunner’s began taking steps towards modernization. These changes began in the retail shop with the addition of a fax machine, a credit card processor, and a computer. Thanks to these additions the store was able to handle more business, and the Brunner’s felt it was time to focus on updating equipment.

The first equipment change came with the addition of a portion control machine, which improved consistency. With that taken care of, the Brunner’s next step was to add a natural smokehouse. The new smokehouse featured a microprocessor, which condensed the smoking process and allowed for precise flavor control. The final step towards modernization occurred when a vacuum pack machine was brought in. This machine opened up a world of opportunity for Hartmann’s; it added flexibility in shipping and guaranteed freshness.

With the equipment updated, the Brunner’s turned their attention towards production. In an effort to streamline the process, a production schedule was created. This schedule organized the employees and vastly increased output. Hartmann’s Old World Sausage now offers over 75 varieties of gourmet sausage and specialty meats, and distributes nationwide.

While growth continues, The Brunner’s have stayed true to their roots. They are committed to providing their customers with consistency, quality, and unrivaled taste.