Established in 1902, the organization we know today as the Valley Industrial Association was founded to give area manufacturers and the businesses that serve them a place to connect for professional growth, shared information and common resources that can help operations, and to support causes important to industry. Originally founded by 16 member companies, three of which remain members today (Richards Wilcox, Aurora Metals, and Aurora Textiles), the VIA currently serves more than 200 members, including manufacturers and businesses that serve them, area educational institutions and municipalities. The VIA’s service area includes Kane, Kendall, DeKalb and western DuPage Counties.
The Valley Industrial Association will be recognized by our manufacturing members as an integral resource contributing to their ongoing success.
The VIA will add value to its member companies by providing strategic resources and educational and networking opportunities that help our members meet or exceed their business objectives.
Current Structure and Initiatives
Today’s VIA is served by four staff members; the president, office manager, program manager and marketing and membership coordinator. The board of directors has 20 members, who represent the composition of the VIA membership, including small, medium and large manufacturers.