The Envelope Institute of America (EIA) was founded in 1943 by nine independently owned envelope manufacturers. Today, the association has 14 members totaling 17 plant locations geographically dispersed across the U.S. and Canada. The companies work together sharing best practices and bench-marking. They also work together in the event of sudden restricted capacity of any member. The EIA has developed a Disaster Recovery Statement regarding this contingency. The geographic footprint of EIA members also presents opportunities to serve national accounts with local or regional plants. Freight cost, timing, and storage considerations can be improved when choosing an EIA member company as your supplier.