Celebrating excellence & Innovation in Manufacturing since 1902

Spark Awards 2018

Mar 15th, 5:30pm-9pm

Geneva, Illinois

Spark Awards

In 1902, Aurora-based manufacturers, sparked a conversation with other Industrialists looking to address issues important to business owners and operators. The spark ignited the inception of the Valley Industrial Association. In 2017, the VIA celebrated 115 years of service to manufacturers of all stripes and sizes within the Fox Valley and Chicagoland area. Join us as we celebrate the Accomplishments of our member companies through the SPARK Awards Program.

This member recognition is designed to highlight the accomplishments of our members in the areas of:

Manufacturing Career Awareness, Product Innovation, Community Service & Outreach, Sustainability, Safety, Human Resources, Luminary Award (Individual Recognition)


Winners from 2017

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Tim Byrne & Kathleen Kulick

SPARK Legacy Award

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Aurora Metals

Cristina Landrum & David Bumbar

SPARK Legacy Award

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Aurora Specialty Textiles

Marcia Ayala

SPARK Legacy Award

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Painters USA INC.

Darren Lottes & Meg Cook & Paul Cook

SPARK Safety Cateogry Winner

CAS at SPARK - Tony Meadors - Jeff Awe - Jesse Mondigo

Cast Aluminum Solutions

Tony Meadors & Jeff Awe & Jesse Mondigo

SPARK Product Innovation Winner

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United Scrap Metal

Jennifer Quinn

SPARK Human Resources Award

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United Scrap Metal

Catrina Roth

SPARK Community Service Award

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Continental Envelope

Continental Envelope

SPARK Sustainability Winner

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Custom Aluminum

Shane Tredup

SPARK Career Awareness Winner

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DuKane Precast

Bob Desmet

SPARK Luminary Award

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Image Industries

Richardo Guerrero

SPARK Luminary Award

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Illini Wire Mill

Leo Beamon

SPARK Luminary Award

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The Spark Awards was such an inspiring event last year. Hearing how Manufacturing and the many industries that have been impacted by it are not just surviving but thriving in 2018 is exciting to be a part of. We hope to ignite your “Spark” at this fantastic event.

See you soon, Kathy