Schwebel's Bakery is a major regional producer of bread and other baked goods that was established in Youngstown, Ohio, in the early 20th century.
Eventually, Schwebel's expanded its distribution to areas beyond Youngstown and relied on horses and wagons to transport their products.
In 1914, Schwebel's entered into agreements with several stores throughout Ohio. These agreements benefited both area market owners and the Schwebel's Bakery, given that customers would no longer have to wait for their purchases to arrive but simply procured Schwebel's bread at their local market. By 1923, Schwebel's secured its first fleet of trucks, with six vehicles on hand. That same year, Joseph and Dora Schwebel decided to invest USD25,000 to build an operations center from which they could sell and distribute Schwebel's bread.
Joseph Schwebel died in 1928, leaving Dora Schwebel as the sole owner and president of Schwebel's Bakery.
In 1936, she added a second production and sales center.
The 1940s were a productive period for Schwebel's Bakery. Women served as substitutes for male workers, who were drafted into military service during World War II, and found themselves with less time to prepare meals for their children. Hence, Schwebel's bread became increasingly popular among women in the Midwest. When American men returned from the war in great numbers, they fueled the growing market for Schwebel's products.
In 1951, Dora Schwebel and her children opened what they called their million dollar bakery, in Youngstown.
Beginning in 1982, Schwebel's became the official bread company of Disney World's Epcot Center. Other important customers added during that decade were Stouffer's and Pillsbury. Meanwhile, operation centers were opened in Columbus and Buffalo.
Currently, Schwebel's continues to distribute bread from operation centers in Youngstown and elswhere to supermarkets and other outlets across the country.