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The Dewig Meats Family

Dewig Meats History

In 1916, Anton Dewig started Dewig Bros. Packing Co., Inc. Later Anton was joined by his two brothers, Joe and John Dewig.

In those days the only tools that the employees of Dewigs used to process meat were their knives. From these humble beginnings, the Dewig family has advanced their company to be one of the most successful meat packing plants in Indiana. The family had actually been involved in the meat business before the Haubstadt, Indiana plant was opened. John Dewig’s father had been a road butcher who went farm to farm in the area earlier in this century.

While the second and third generations are continuing the strong family tradition, the fourth generation is starting to be actively involved in the business as well.

John’s sons, Bill and Tom, bought the business from their uncles, Anton and Joe in 1962. Since then the plant has continued to evolve utilizing the latest technology and processes in the business. Since Bill Dewig’s retirement in 1990, the business has been owned and operated by Bill’s brother Tom and wife Janet, their son Dean and wife Karen, and daughter Darla and husband Aaron.

While the second and third generations are continuing the strong family tradition, the fourth generation is starting to be actively involved in the business as well. Dean and Karen’s oldest son, Darell Austin, now works full-time and is assuming a lot of the management responsibilities. The Dewig’s were excited to celebrate the first wedding in the fourth generation when Austin married Julia Angermeier in June of 2022. Julia is an electrical engineer working for ECS Solutions in Evansville and even helps at Dewigs when she can. Dean and Karen’s daughter, Sarah Jade, also now works full-time alongside her mom, aunt, and grandma in the office. She has taken on all the Social Media roles and helps her mom with the rest of the marketing responsibilities. Dean and Karen’s youngest son, Jesse Logan, is a Sophomore at Gibson Southern High School. Logan is typically at the soccer field or running track, but when he can, he works after school alongside his brother, dad, and grandpa running packaging lines, fixing machinery, and cleaning. Darla and Aaron’s oldest, Jarrett Anthony, is a Freshman at Gibson Southern High School. He also works after school, but he prefers to work in the sausage kitchen with his dad. If Jarrett isn’t at work he can often be found at the archery range or keeping up with all things dirt track racing. Darla and Aaron’s twin girls, Addison Mae and Heidi Rae, are in the third grade at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic School. They are also pretty common faces around Dewig Meats. Addison enjoys Girl Scouts and Heidi enjoys softball.

A State-Of-The-Art Facility

Today, state-of-the-art equipment and computers are standard fixtures at the plant. However, some things never change, as each butcher still carries their own knife belt and steel. The company currently employs more than 75 people, not including family. The plant used to be in competition with several meat packers in the tri-state area. With the quality of meats and outstanding service, Dewig Meats in Haubstadt is the only remaining, federally inspected, plant left in the area.

What accounts for Dewig’s success over the years? It would have to be the company’s willingness to give customers what they want while still being efficient. If the past is any indication of where this company is going, the future looks good for Dewig Meats. As owner Tom Dewig states, “When I say the Dewigs have been here since 1916, I’m telling you that we are strong on history and strong in our traditions, but we wouldn’t still be here if we hadn’t stayed current and up to date.”

A History of Growth