The Hoveround Story

It started with a vision:

Tom Kruse,
Founder and CEO

"Let’s build a power wheelchair that can go anywhere someone can walk."

Over twenty years later, Hoveround president and founder Tom Kruse has seen this vision become a reality. Hoveround Corporation, headquartered in Sarasota, Florida, is the largest direct-to-consumer manufacturer of the most maneuverable and compact power chair available in the United States. The company’s mission – to improve the quality of life for people with restricted mobility – continues unchanged to this day.

Hoveround’s continued success stems from what Kruse calls our “Model of Responsibility"

  • We are 100% accountable for the quality and reliability of our products
  • We control the manufacture, design, delivery, and service of  all Hoveround power chairs
  • We focus our complete attention on serving the mobility needs of our clients
  • We are committed to providing state-of-the-art innovations and best-in-class service
  • We are never satisfied and continually research new and better ways to enhance the quality of life of our clients so that they may have the means to fuller, richer experiences through improved mobility

Tom Kruse, an avid inventor and entrepreneur, had been working in the home medical equipment business for more than ten years when he recognized that most home environments could not safely accommodate the large and often hard-to-maneuver power wheelchairs that were available at the time.

In 1991, Tom Kruse completely revolutionized the principles of power wheelchair design when he built the first Hoveround in his garage for the University of South Florida so people with disabilities could navigate the library’s narrow aisles and access books on all shelves. Consulting with long-haul truck seating manufacturers and NASA, he developed the concept for Hoveround’s unique round base, compact frame, and comfortable seating. The super-maneuverable power chair that could “turn on itself” had officially been born.

Kruse and his two brothers, George and Robert, founded Hoveround in April 1992. The introduction of the LTV in August marked a defining moment in the power mobility industry, leading to the creation of the first model of Hoveround’s Multi-Purpose Vehicle in 1993. Unlike the LTV, the MPV could operate both indoors and outdoors, yet still provide the same high degree of quality, comfort and maneuverability as its predecessor.

On June 28, 1994, Hoveround began selling its innovative power chairs direct to the customer, bypassing, and setting itself apart from, the old establishment of medical equipment dealers and middlemen. Hoveround achieved certification as an FDA registered manufacturer that same year, followed by ISO 9001 certification in 1997. This recognition is a testament to Hoveround’s total dedication to quality.

Remember: You can only get a Hoveround power chair directly from Hoveround!