Colbert Packaging Celebrates 60th Anniversary Milestone

Family-owned paperboard packaging supplier to pharmaceutical and consumer industries

LAKE FOREST, Ill.Colbert Packaging Corporation, a premier provider of paperboard packaging solutions, announces the celebration of its 60th anniversary. Founded in Chicago in 1959 by the late Charles Colbert, it has grown organically and through acquisition, and remains an independent, family-owned business. Colbert has manufacturing facilities in Kenosha, Wisconsin, Elkhart, Indiana, and Lake Forest, Illinois.

Mr. Colbert is credited with saying, “Quality isn’t expensive. It’s priceless.” Today, in addition to meeting and exceeding pharmaceutical and consumer packaging quality standards, Colbert’s vision for growth includes a commitment to invest in new equipment and technology to provide more jobs, attract new customers and serve new markets. An example of this investment was the recently announced achievement of 100% vision inspection capabilities throughout all three of its manufacturing facilities, ensuring customers receive products faster with enhanced quality assurance. Additionally, as part of its commitment to sustainability, Colbert has invested in renewable energy credits in the form of wind energy and has initiated a zero manufacturing waste to landfill program.

CEO Nancy Colbert MacDougall says, “We want to express our gratitude to our employees, customers and third-party associates as we acknowledge this anniversary milestone. When we say that Colbert Packaging stands for collaboration, partnerships and relationships, those aren’t just pretty words—we have always believed that people are the real glue that hold it all together.”

With extensive R&D capabilities and a solid reputation for excellence, Colbert Packaging has grown its repertoire of paperboard packaging solutions into what has become one of the most comprehensive, diverse and inventive portfolios in the industry. Lake Forest is home to Colbert’s headquarters and its flagship custom folding carton operation. Flexographic-printed cartons, pressure-sensitive roll labels and package inserts are produced in Kenosha, and folding cartons and paper tray forming is handled in its Elkhart facility. Learn more at