Boldly Moving Makers Forward
A powerful and respected advocate, the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association is the unifying voice of manufacturers at the State Capitol where laws and regulations can impact the bottom line.
Whether it’s tax policy, environmental regulations, health care reform, or labor law, the IMA’s innovative and effective team of experts is on the front line every single day. We’re proud to be honored by The American Society of Association Executives for our successful legislative advocacy.
Our successes are boldly moving makers forward in Illinois.
In the last 18 months, the IMA’s advocacy has resulted in the following wins:
- Five-year extension of the Research & Development tax credit
- Creation of a new Manufacturers Purchase Credit to exempt consumables (oils, fuel, coolants, etc) from state and local sales taxes
- Enacted a new apprenticeship tax credit to help manufacturers fund the next wave of workers
- Eliminated the antiquated franchise tax that will provide relief for 346,000 businesses (it was later frozen in the 2021 budget cycle)
- Worked in a coalition to successfully pass a new data center tax incentive for Illinois
- Advanced creation of two brand new Manufacturing Academies offering best-in-class training which will include one at Heartland (EV focus) and Southwest Illinois College (advanced manufacturing).
As an IMA member, you’ll have access to valuable tools and services through the IMA’s exclusive partnerships.
IMA Health Plan
The IMA is proud to be working with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois to bring Illinois manufacturers the IMA Health Plan, a statewide solution for affordable, flexible, and customizable group health coverage.
The IMA has exclusive partnerships with businesses across the state and the nation to provide members with discounted services in accounting, banking, legal, plant, Human Resources, recruiting, training, consulting, and numerous other areas.
Complete List of Benefits
When you become a member, you’ll have complete access to a vast library of products and services so that you can concentrate on your business. For a complete list of membership benefits, please click below.
What is the Illinois Manufacturers' Association (IMA)?
The IMA is a trusted champion for makers across Illinois. We are a bold advocate to shape policy that helps industry grow. As a valued resource, we provide information and knowledge that elevates the industry and keeps it on the cutting edge. As a reliable partner and proactive leader, we empower 4,000 members in every corner of the state and curate a diverse 21st century workforce through best-in-class programs and training. As a unified force, we boldly move makers forward in Illinois and beyond.
What are the benefits of IMA membership?
The benefits of IMA membership are many. As the state’s premier pro-industry association, the IMA works hard to protect and promote the interests of Illinois manufacturers. For example, IMA’s government affairs efforts have resulted in over $300 million annually in corporate and sales tax breaks for our members. The IMA was instrumental in passing the most sweeping liability law reforms in Illinois’ history. The IMA is addressing the tax and education reform, retail wheeling of electricity and other key issues.
In addition to our outstanding lobbying efforts, members benefit from the valuable information which they receive in IMA’s many and varied publications.
Members also enjoy access to IMA’s staff of experts who are just a (toll free) phone call away and ready to assist with any questions or problems. And IMA’s Annual Meeting and “Business Day” in Springfield allow members to meet and network with hundreds of other executives and community leaders from throughout Illinois.
The collective buying power of members allows the IMA to offer group rates and discounts on a variety of products and services such as shipping, car rental, energy, and health care. You can learn more about these and other programs here.
For more detailed information on any of the services and benefits mentioned above, please contact the IMA Membership Services Department at 1-800-875-4462.
How does my company join the IMA?
Simply call the IMA Membership Services Department at 1-800-875-4462 and ask to speak with a Member Services Representative. Membership information and an application will be mailed or faxed to you immediately.
What is the cost to join the IMA?
Annual IMA membership dues are on a graduated scale. To learn the amount of the annual dues for your company, please contact the IMA Membership Services Department by calling 1-800-875-4462.
Who may join the IMA?
The IMA is the only business association which focuses solely on the interests of manufacturers. However, membership is not limited to manufacturing companies only. Any business or group that has a keen interest in, or provides a service to manufacturing, may apply for IMA membership and are eligible for all IMA member services.
Why should my company join the IMA?
For over 100 years, the IMA has been recognized as the voice of Illinois’ manufacturing sector. If you are a manufacturer in Illinois, the IMA is your voice — your advocate in the state legislative and regulatory arena.
During your and every other citizen’s life time, the single largest expenditure you will make is for government services. What are you doing to ensure that you are getting the most out of your investment in state government? As an IMA member, you will be among those who are doing your part and providing input in order to protect and promote the best interests of Illinois manufacturers.
In addition to taking an active role in supporting our government affairs efforts, as an IMA member you will be eligible for the many IMA services and benefits which are available to members only.
We invite you to join the only team representing the manufacturing agenda — the IMA! Simply call the IMA Membership Services Department at 1-800-875-4462 and ask to speak with a Member Services Representative.
Ready to Join?
The Illinois Manufacturers’ Association (IMA) invites you to join the team. IMA members benefit from successful lobbying efforts, informative publications, continuing education courses on issues affecting your business, the chance to network with other manufacturers and most importantly, a panel of experts — the IMA staff — ready to respond to your needs by calling (800) 875-4462, Ext. 3042.
Why Join the IMA?
- Retain more earnings through our programs and our fight to lower your taxes.
- Receive information quickly and in a format you can understand.
- Understand the inner workings of government.
- Meet, and influence, legislators and regulators.
- Receive access to all of our members-only services.
- As a group, the IMA makes a larger impact than a single company fighting for pro-business reform.
Interested in Joining the IMA?
What our members are saying
“The IMA does vital work in addressing the critical economic, policy, and environmental challenges facing Illinois manufacturers. John Deere is proud to be a founding member.”Samual R. AllenChairman and CEO, Deere & Company
“The Illinois Manufacturers' Association is the leading business organization in Illinois and ensures that manufacturers have a strong presence and clear voice at the State Capitol.”Renee TogherPresident, Azteca Foods
“The IMA is focused on the issues that matter most to Illinois manufacturers, and they have a vision for creating and maintaining a positive business climate in the state.”Greg WebbVP State Government Relations, ADM