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Dewig Meats History

In 1916, Anton Dewig started what is today 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.

John’s sons, Tom and Bill, bought the business from their uncles, Anton and Joe in 1962.  Since then the plant has continually evolved to keep up with new technology and processes.  Since Bill Dewig retired in 1990, the business has been owned and operated by his brother, Tom.  Many members of the family work at the plant, including all of Tom’s family.  His wife, Janet, their son, Dean, and his wife, Karen, and daughter, Darla, and her husband, Aaron.  The new additions to the Dewig family are Tom and Janet’s grandchildren, Darell Austin (17), Sarah Jade (14), Jesse Logan (9), Jarrett Anthony (9) and twin girls, Addison Mae and Heidi Rae (3).

Today, state of the art meat cutting equipment and computers are standard fixtures at the plant.  Some things never change, as each meat cutter still carries his own knife belt and steel.  The company currently employ more then 75 people, most of whom are related to the Dewigs.  The plant used to be in competition with five or six meat packers from nearby Evansville, IN.  With the quality of meats and outstanding service, Dewig Meats in Haubstadt is the only remaining 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 diversified.  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.”

After years of planning and preparation, Dewig Meats has completed a total remodeling of its retail operation.  The new shop opened just in time for the 2011 holiday season.  Expanded product, expanded hours, and expanded service has created one of the most vibrant meat markets in the nation.  Dewig’s new meat market is approximately six times the size of the previous market.  The colossal size of this new market has inspired and impressed a whole new generation of younger customers, featuring more ready to eat products and easy to fix products.  Read More about Dewig Brothers Packing History in this article.

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OUR STORY October 23, 2013