HAUBSTADT — Indiana Historical Society honors a Gibson County business Nov. 5 for its long history of service to the community.
Dewig Bros. Packing Company, Inc. is a recipient of a 2018 Centennial Business Award, in recognition of Indiana companies that have been in business for a century or more.
According to IHS, the award is a part of the Historic Business Register founded in 1992 by trustees and members of the society to encourage preservation of historically significant business-related archival materials and increase awareness of business and industrial heritage among Indiana's citizens.
The Dewig Bros. Packing Co., is located at 100 Maple Street in Haubstadt, has always been family owned and operated. The company was founded in 1916 by Anton Dewig, who was later joined by his two brothers, Joe and John.
Originally, the only meat processing equipment used by the brothers were knives.
In 1962, John's sons Tom and Bill bought the business from their uncles, Anton and Joe. They continued to own and operate it together until 1990 when Bill retired and the Tom Dewig family took over.
The whole store was remodeled in 2011 which expanded product, hours and service. The redesigned space is approximately six times larger than the original retail space.
The Dewig Family celebrated the company’s centennial in 2016 by hosting a meal for the community, with all proceeds benefitting local nonprofit organizations.
Dewig Bros. Packing Co. is one of four businesses honored at IHS's annual Founders Day dinner Nov. 5 at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center in downtown Indianapolis.
The event celebrates the accomplishments of historians, teachers, writers and businesses from around the state, as well as the work of IHS.