YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Thursday marks the 115th anniversary of Schwebel Baking Company.
Joseph and Dora Schwebel founded the business in 1906 out of the back of a steel mill house in Campbell. To this day, it’s still a family-owned business.
Loaves of bread were delivered by bicycle, still warm from the oven.
After her husband died, Dora Schwebel – a mother of six – ran the company. In the 1930s, people disapproved of her running the business, but she was able to keep it afloat during the Great Depression.
Now Schwebel’s says they are the number one seller of buns around.
“Bread companies are regional in nature. What happens is people are going to buy brands that they trust and they grew up with, so Schwebel’s having been in business since 1906, we’re the trusted brand in the area,” said Schwebel’s VP of sales Jim Behmer.
For their 115th anniversary, they hosted a food truck and had free lunch for workers. They also drew winners for a free grill.
Some of Schwebel’s notable products are its Giant bread, Sweet Wheat bread, ‘taliano bread, and Jewish Rye breads and buns.
The headquarters is on Midlothian Boulevard in Youngstown. Schwebel’s has a second bakery in Hebron, Ohio.