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NEWS | March 23, 2022

NSWC Crane Annual Buy Indiana Expo to provide businesses opportunity to showcase capabilities

By Sarah K. Miller, NSWC Crane Corporate Communications

Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC Crane) is holding its 24th Annual Buy Indiana Expo on Tuesday, April 5 from 9 AM to 3 PM EDT in French Lick, Indiana. The 2022 Buy Indiana event is hosted by the Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce and will take place at the French Lick Springs Resort.  

Matt Burkett, the Small Business Deputy Director for Small Business Programs at NSWC Crane, says this event is a way to maximize benefits for both businesses across the country and NSWC Crane. For employees, the event provides a way to conduct efficient market research.  

“For NSWC Crane and its employees, this event is the main face-to-face business development opportunity of the year to conduct market research of dozens of companies in one day. They get to see what the business landscape looks like locally and regionally and can put a face with a name to further relationships. It is a chance to meet the businesses that support Crane’s mission. It is also an opportunity to talk about current and future requirements and bring up areas where we can be supported.”  

Buy Indiana includes small, medium, and large businesses from all over the state, but also from across the Midwest, the South, and East and West Coast. This year, there will also be several workshops to provide avenues and tips so business representatives can work with NSWC Crane. Burkett says there are a few ways businesses can benefit from Buy Indiana.  

“Businesses can engage directly with NSWC Crane, and through the workshops learn how and what we buy and the best ways to work with us,” says Burkett. “There’s also business to business networking opportunities. Small businesses may network with larger businesses—who may be prime contractors—for potential sub-contracting opportunities. Buy Indiana provides businesses the ability to directly engage with companies currently supporting Crane, which for small businesses could take a lot more time and money to do on their own.” 

The workshops cover topics so businesses aiming to work with NSWC Crane can learn best practices in various aspects of working with the Navy. These workshops will include content from NSWC Crane Contracting personnel, Indiana Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), a cybersecurity panel from Purdue Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), and NSTXL. 

On Monday, April 4th, the Expo includes a Vendor Packet Pick-up, Booth Setup, Golf Outing at the Donald Ross Golf Course, and the Radius Indiana Welcome Reception.  

To register for the event, follow this link and complete the form: 

About NSWC Crane 

NSWC Crane is a naval laboratory and a field activity of Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) with mission areas in Expeditionary Warfare, Strategic Missions and Electronic Warfare. The warfare center is responsible for multi-domain, multi- spectral, full life cycle support of technologies and systems enhancing capability to today's Warfighter. 

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