About Us

The Colbert Packaging Story

As an independent, family-owned business, our history is personal. Our roots trace back to Chicago, where the late Charles Colbert purchased the property and assets of Kroeck Paper Box, which was founded in 1892. Packaging was in Colbert’s blood, as his father founded American Coating Mills in 1921 and built it into one of the largest producers of folding cartons and carton board (sold in 1947). Since 1959, we have grown organically and through acquisition. Under the leadership of CEO Nancy Colbert MacDougall (daughter of Charles), we own and operate three manufacturing facilities.

Each day we are committed to producing safe, smart and sustainable packaging for our customers who include some of the biggest names in the pharmaceutical, healthcare and consumer goods markets.


Colbert Packaging is a pioneer in the development of solutions designed to improve patient adherence with drug treatment regimens. All of Colbert’s unit dose packages can be fully branded, customized with a variety of blister cavities, and manufactured using secure and sustainable materials.


Check out our award-winning BlisterGuard® and EnviroGuard® solutions for pilfer-resistance and recyclability. Our Clean Carton™ is your cleanest water-based packaging solution providing low migration, low odor, and low V.O.C. — a winning approach for Food and Pharma!


We’re doing our part to be environmentally responsible by reducing our use of nonrenewable resources and increasing energy efficiency in each of our facilities. Our sustainability initiatives provide a solid framework for employing good business practices in the quest for a greener world.

Take a trip down memory lane as we celebrate key moments in our company’s history.

Today, Colbert Packaging collaborates with customers around the world through our three manufacturing plants: Lake Forest, Illinois; Elkhart, Indiana; and Kenosha, Wisconsin.

We are proud of and thankful for our over 350 employees, extensive research and development capabilities, quality products and services, and a reputation for excellence.

Our Leadership

Nancy Colbert MacDougall


John Lackner

President & COO

Kraig Lang


Bill Snyder

VP Operations

Tim Price

VP / GM Elkhart

Lon Johnson

Sr. VP Business Development

Bradley Davis

VP Corporate Technical Sales

Our Certifications

Achieving and maintaining industry certifications demonstrates our commitment to quality, safety and sustainability. Our certifications are a testament to our commitment to maintaining the highest quality production facilities and producing the highest quality packaging.

G7 Master Qualification from Idealliance
Our G7 Master Qualification represents the knowledge and skills we possess and our ability to meet the G7 methodology in a graphic communications production environment.

GMI Certification from Graphic Measures International
GMI helps brand owners control variables through print facility certification and scientific, repeatable measurement of global packaging.

FSC® and SFI® Chain of Custody Certification from NSF International
We hold FSC and SFI certifications in all of our production facilities. Learn more about Colbert’s policy on certifications.

Food Contact Packaging Safety Certification from AIB International
Our production facility in Elkhart, Indiana meets AIB’s Consolidated Standards for Inspection of Food Contact Packaging Manufacturing Facilities. These standards also include requirements established by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Our ingenuity is proven by our diverse portfolio of paperboard specialty products – nearly a dozen one-of-a-kind solutions, many designed in direct response to a specific customer request or industry requirement.

Some are unit dose packages that promote patient compliance. Others are designed specifically for sustainability and/or product security. Still others offer unique combinations that solve business or marketing challenges.

With more than 25 awards for quality, design and excellence under our belt, you’ll be part of a winning team!


SFI Marks are registered marks owned by Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc.” and “FSC Marks are registered marks owned by Forest Stewardship Council®.