Inside INdiana Business
Inside Indiana Business goes behind the gates of Naval Support Activity Crane, the third largest naval base in the world, with more than 5,000 employees. Find the month-long series here:
The Radius Indiana region is home to Naval Support Activity Crane. NSA Crane is the third largest naval installation in the world and makes defense a huge economic driver for Southern Indiana. With more than 5,000 employees, Crane brings together over 3,000 STEM workers, 1,000 engineers and dozens of PhDs in a federal research lab setting. Radius Indiana serves as the voice for Crane outside the gates and assists with growing the private defense sector and connecting Crane with community, regional and state leadership. With direct access to Crane, defense industry companies can connect directly with decision makers.
Major Tenants Included at Crane:
Established October 1977, Crane Army Ammunition Activity maintains ordnance professionals and infrastructure in order to receive, store, ship, produce, renovate and demilitarize conventional ammunition, missiles and related components. Crane Army maintains up to one third of the DoD’s conventional ammunition inventory.
NSWC Crane’s total focus is to support the Warfighter by leveraging its technical capabilities for the rapidly changing combat environment. NSWC Crane’s personnel and preeminent facilities set the standard for excellence in acquisition, engineering and sustainment. NSWC Crane provides comprehensive support for complex military systems spanning design, development, deployment and sustainment in three focus areas: Electronic Warfare, Strategic Missions and Expeditionary Warfare.
The Battery Innovation Center (BIC) is a collaborative initiative designed to incorporate leadership from renowned universities, government agencies, and commercial enterprises to focus on the rapid development, testing and commercialization of safe, reliable and lightweight energy storage systems for defense and commercial customers.
The BIC’s mission is to accelerate innovation in the field of battery technology by providing access to the entire spectrum of R&D to commercialization, including low volume production, in a single 40,000 square foot facility. Under one roof and with virtual connections to partners’ research and manufacturing facilities, the BIC will be capable of managing all aspects of the battery life cycle:
– Basic and applied research
– Elementary cell concept
– Cell research and development
– Cell manufacturing
– Electronic control
– Pack systems engineering, testing and certification
– Low volume manufacturing
– Field service and support
WestGate@Crane Technology Park is adjacent to NSWC Crane and partners with a variety of organizations and businesses such as local and state economic development corporations, NSWC-Crane Division, I-69 Innovation Corridor, Indiana Office of Defense Development, and WorkOne. Real estate and office space is available at WestGate@Crane Tech Park, as well as EastGate Technology & Business Center (Bedford, IN), offering ideal locations for businesses to grow and thrive.