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.
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.
Co-Founder and President
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.
Co-Founder and CEO
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...
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...
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 ...
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...
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...
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 ...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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.
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.
Sr. Category Manager - Packaging
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.
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.
Continuous Improvement Manager
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!