In 1973, a group of parents of children who had developmental disabilities founded Riverview Arts and Crafts. The name was changed to in 1978.
Riverview Industries, Inc., was established as a private nonprofit organization in 1998. Although all service providers in Ohio are now required to be separate from the local county boards of developmental disabilities, RVI was one of the first in the state to be an independent employment and habilitation center.
The RVI employment and habilitation center, along with the offices, are located three miles east of Oak Harbor at 8380 W. State Route 163. The location is three miles east of Oak Harbor and eight miles west of Port Clinton, on the south side of the roadway.