Our Story

Over the past 179 years, Zumbiel has become known across a range of industries for manufacturing high-quality folding cartons.

Today our customers stay with us for an average of 30 years thanks to our extensive experience, pride in our work, and focus on developing long-term partnerships.

present day Zumbiel designer
Former Zumbiel designer creating a die cut template

Get to Know Us

Learn why this family-owned business has thrived for four generations.

From The Start

“In 1843, we weren’t a box company, but we were outstanding at taking care of customers. When the company later moved into making boxes, that commitment to exceptional customer service remained—as it still does today.”

Tom Zumbiel Sr.

In 1843 C.W. Zumbiel started a job as superintendent of a new dry goods distributor in Cincinnati, Ohio. He bought the company after the owner’s death in 1876 and, as the story goes, a line of hat boxes led to a new focus on packaging. Today the fourth generation of the family continues his legacy, evolving to meet changing market and consumer needs.

Today Zumbiel designs and builds paperboard packaging across a range of categories, including beverages, food, pet care, and consumer packaged goods. Our investment in our company, our customers, and our team members includes modern facilities and equipment, cutting-edge technologies, and continuous improvement. We’re known for enhancing brand value through innovation in folding carton solutions and helping the local community as a respected employer in the region.

We take our history seriously, with family members learning the business from the ground up. Throughout the decades, we’ve helped our customers grow and succeed with customized services, creative solutions, and the responsiveness to act on their needs.

We also earned certifications in food safety and quality to ensure consumer safety and reliability. Ultimately, our commitment to our customers and our dedication to exceptional service and products have made us a trusted partner to prominent brands across a range of industries.

Our History

The Zumbiel Story in Pictures


Our work and our team have been recognized for excellence, quality, and creativity over the years.