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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.

It’s A Family Affair

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 (18), Sarah Jade (15), Jesse Logan (10), Jarrett Anthony (10) and twin girls, Addison Mae and Heidi Rae (4).

A State-Of-The-Art Facility

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.”

A Complete Remodel

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. Dewig’s boast the slogan, “Real Meat….Real Neat!” and stand behind their word they do. A very clean, well established, professional look was accomplished with this new remodel.

Read More about Dewig Brothers Packing History in this article.

Pappa Bear’s Catering from Dewig Meats

In 2015 Dewig’s decided to jump “whole hog” into the catering business as well. Brent Weatherwax, head caterer of Pappa Bear’s Catering from Dewig Meats has proved to be a true asset in expanding Dewig Meats. Check out his story as well as menu items, on-site catering options and even heat and eat meal options that can be picked up in house any day of the week!

Celebrating Our 100 Year Anniversary

The year 2016 was the 100th year of Dewig Meats existence. The company celebrated all year long with give always to the 100th customers of the day, having an anniversary party with a catered meal provided by Pappa Bear’s Catering from Dewig Meats.

All customers were invited, and the meal was at a minimal charge raising money for local organizations. What an outstanding accomplishment of being a family owned and operated business for 100 years!

New Freezer/Cooler Addition

In 2016 Dewig Meats completed a large freezer and storage addition to help with the growing demand of Dewig’s products. Over the past 10 years the Dewig’s decided that additional space was needed for spices, boxes, equipment and even more importantly freezer room for large orders. The freezer expansion was a big addition, but well needed for the growing company.

2017 Has Been A Banner Year

2017 thus far has also been an important year for Dewig Meats. Tom & Janet Dewig celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Tom & Janet can still be seen running around Dewig Meats helping out where needed, they just don’t “run” as quickly as they once did.

Tom & Janet are true believers of hard work and strong faith which have made them exceptional employers for years. Many employees of Dewig Meats have 30+ and even 40+ years working for the Dewig family and there are more plans in the works for more expansion!

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OUR STORY October 23, 2013