About the VIA
How long has the VIA been in existence? The Valley Industrial Association was established in 1902 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 support causes important to their industry.
How many members are in the VIA? The VIA serves more than 214 member companies in the Chicago-land area. The VIA was founded by 16 companies, of which 3 remain members still today.
Where is the VIA's service area? The VIA typically serves four counties: Kane, Kendall, Dupage and DeKalb. But we also have members throughout the Chicago-land area. Our rule is; if we can bring value to you, we are happy to have you!
Reasons WHY you should join the VIA.
Why would you want to join the VIA? We have three Pillars of Value that we bring our member companies: Resources, Education/Training, and Networking/Collaboration.
What Resources do you offer your member companies? We offer our members Survey Data, Hotline Support, a brand new Health Plan Captive, Partnership Discounts and More!
What types of Education & Training programs do you offer your membership? We have over 10 different job functions that we support through training here at the VIA. We offer programming in the following categories: Leadership development, Human Resources, IT, Operations, Engineering, Women in Manufacturing, Industrial Safety, Marketing, Sales and more! Check out our Calendar for the programming we have scheduled right now.
What Networking and Collaboration opportunities do you offer your membership? What's pretty great about the VIA educational programs is that there's always a small level of peer networking that takes place. For our Industrial Executives we also have a special opportunity called the Executive Forum where our member leaders can get together for specific programming tailored to their needs. Our large annual networking events like our Golf Outing, Economic Breakfast, Collaboration Conference & Spark Awards are just a few examples of ways our group gets together.
Do you have opportunities to market my business to your members? Yes we do! Every year we come out with a list of Marketing Partner opportunities. Click here to see the opportunities for 2018.
HOW do I join the VIA?
It's pretty easy to get started. We just need you to fill out an application online! All applicants are approved by our Board of Directors.