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About BoldtSmith Packaging Consultants

John Boldt and Dustin Smith started BoldtSmith Packaging in 2013 after recognizing a demand for companies needing a temporary packaging engineer. These companies ranged from small start-ups launching a few SKUs to large corporations with an existing team of packaging engineers requiring assistance for a specific project. Read More

Since our launch, we have expanded our business to include a team of packaging experts, new software and better tools to provide the best possible service to our customers. Our warehouse, located in Waukesha, WI, allows us to receive your products so we can design, sample and test optimized packaging solutions. Our packaging experts have a wide variety of backgrounds in the packaging world, allowing us to brainstorm creative solutions to packaging problems.

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Leadership Team

Package Design Consultants - John Boldt

John has 20+ years of design and project management experience in a multitude of industries, specializing in returnable and disposable custom fabricated dunnage for customers such as Harley-Davidson, John Deere, Mercury Marine, Club Car, Bobcat, Bemis, and Modine.

John Boldt

Co-Founder and President

Package Design Consultants - Dustin Smith

Prior to founding BoldtSmith, Dustin’s roles included Sr. Packaging Engineer at the Home Depot, responsible for managing retail packaging development and testing for globally sourced products. Earlier, Dustin worked with manufacturers that sold into Target, Wal-Mart and Walgreens under private label brands.

Dustin Smith

Co-Founder and CEO

Packaging Team

Dan is BoldtSmith's General Manager. He has a background in project management, new product introductions, quality control, and continuous improvement activities. With 25 years of industrial manufacturing experience, he provides additional operations insight and for our...

Dan Hewitt

General Manager

Justin has a vast array of knowledge and experience in the food industry across nearly all packaging formats. He comes to the BoldtSmith team having worked for food companies such as Kraft Foods, Del Monte Foods, Amy’s Kitchen, Sovos Brands, and Mars Food. He’s also wor...

Justin Shaltry

Packaging Consultant

Aaron’s background includes 7 years of corrugated design for dozens of customers. He also spent nearly 4 years as a Packaging Engineer at a consumer goods company. He has worked on products as small as circuit boards, all the way up to large automotive and agricultural ...

Aaron Schweitzer

Packaging Consultant

With over 30 years of packaging experience, a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Packaging, Robert is an expert in the field of packaging.  Prior to joining BoldtSmith Packaging Robert was the director for the UW-Stout Packaging program.  His experience and expertise are...

Robert Meisner

Packaging Consultant

Nick has diverse knowledge in several areas of packaging including consumer product goods, military packaging, ASTM crates, automotive, damage reduction, reusable container systems, and warehouse/manufacturing operational efficiencies. Prior to joining BoldtSmith Nick w...

Nick Harris

Packaging Consultant

Prior to joining the BoldtSmith team, Max spent 7 years at Fiskars managing the packaging development and testing for a diverse collection of globally manufactured retail and e-commerce products selling into Home Depot, Lowe’s, Amazon, Wal-Mart, etc. The background Max ...

Max Zukowski

Packaging Consultant

Rob, a UK resident, has joined BoldtSmith to be our Packaging Project Manager – Europe.  His 25-year working career has been highlighted with Packaging and Supply Chain achievements at large corporations such as Caterpillar and Jaguar Land Rover.  His background in supp...

Rob Newing

Packaging Project Manager - Europe

Prior to joining BoldtSmith, Dave worked at Stanley Black & Decker designing and implementing packaging solutions for DeWalt Power Tools. Dave’s experience prior to Stanley Black & Decker was working as a packaging engineer at a testing lab conducting testing on medical...

Dave Branson

Packaging Consultant

Jack brings to BoldtSmith 30+ years of proven automotive packaging and material handling experience. Prior to joining the team, Jack worked for Ford Motor Company and American Axle Manufacturing. He has extensive industrial packaging experience, such as developing and i...

Jack Ader

Packaging Consultant

Bryan's background includes 15 years of packaging expertise with a specific background in expendable and returnable packaging shipping globally.  His previous roles including designing, testing and implementing packaging at Harley Davidson for sub assembly components an...

Bryan MacKenzie

Packaging Consultant

Sam’s experience comes from the food and beauty industry. Prior to joining the BoldtSmith team Sam has worked for food companies such as Mars and Sargento Foods. The last 2 years, he worked at Guy and O’Neill, Inc. supporting customers by putting sustainability goals in...

Sam Larson

Packaging Consultant

Drew comes to BoldtSmith after serving as a Packaging Engineer for Milwaukee Tool.  During this time Drew was a Sustainability Team Lead, utilizing his passion to make packaging as environmentally friendly as can be, while helping to reduce material usage and create eas...

Drew Lahr

Sales Engineer

Ray is BoldtSmith's Creative Director, bringing a background in designing retail packaging, brands, sub-brands, logos, photography and marketing campaigns. He has won National "Best In Show" designs and multiple American Advertising Federation Gold awards across several...

Ray Andrew

Creative Director

The BoldtSmith Advantage:

When you hire BoldtSmith Packaging, you are not hiring a single packaging engineer. You are hiring a team of packaging experts with experience, ranging but not limited to designing clamshells for lightbulbs manufactured overseas to metal returnable crates shipping automobile components.

We complete design work and sampling internally. We do not need to lean on packaging manufacturers for support. The specifications we create are owned by our customers to purchase packaging from any supplier they want. This gives our clients’ procurement departments the power to negotiate packaging costs.

Our selling point is not our project cost. Our selling point is the return on investment we provide to customers. We provide a non-biased viewpoint into our client’s packaging. If we discover the potential ROI does not meet our requirements based on the project cost, we provide this information to our client. In addition to the cost considerations outlined in our capabilities, other cost benefits include no long-term commitments, no health benefits, 401k, etc in comparison to hiring a full-time packaging engineer.

Our time is dedicated to value-added tasks such as design and testing. Our time is not spent going from meeting to meeting which allows us to provide extremely specific, concentrated services. These services go beyond the corporate 9-5 schedule. Our schedules are set by customer deadlines.

Clients We Have Served

Proud packaging colsutant of EZGO
EATON's reliable packaging consultant
Essity consultant for all packing needs
Fiskars packaging consultants who reduce shipping costs
Optimized shipping services for Fresh Express
Integirty's first choice for packaging consultants
Packaging consultants for John Deere
Ecommerce packaging services for Johnsonville
Kohlers #1 pick for LTL shipping
Reduced Kraft's shipping costs & damage rates
Cost-effective packaging consultants for LG
Reliable packaging consultant at Melissa & Doug
Effective designs for Orbit's packaging needs
Optimization experts for Ryder's packaging services
Packaging consultants at Kraft
Smart Tech's choice for packaging consultants
Package engineering used by Steelcase

Clients We Have Served

Proud clients of BoldtSmith

Customer Reviews

Worked with John Boldt at BoldtSmith on a design project recently.  Couldn't be more satisfied with the process and results!  I will definitely recommend BoldtSmith and will not hesitate to work with them in the future.  

Mike Scheel

Sr. Category Manager - Packaging

Mercury Marine

Our goal was to get from failing ISTA 3 to passing ISTA 6A.  The proposed package does that and is more compact.  What was to be only a packaging improvement has become a huge DTV for Broan due to the 25% more per pallet.  Some of the M-Can production is moving to our Mexico facility.  The shipping savings will be in the 100's of thousands.

Robert Woodruff

Senior Product Designer


BoldtSmith Packaging was a huge help to my company and assisted in securing multiple continuous improvement projects and realizing cost savings for my team.

Allen Reid

Continuous Improvement Manager

Lily’s Sweet’s

Our organization needed to reduce quality complaints due to shipping. Great staff and were easy to work with, very diligent with on time task completion! Very agreeable team, efficient and knowledgeable. 10-10 recommend!

Britteny Ruggles

Project Manager

AO Smith

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