NSWC Crane Offers Indiana Companies Business Opportunities
By NSWC Crane Public Affairs
| April 1, 2015
NSWC Crane Commanding Officer CAPT Jeffrey Elder provides remarks at the Crane Division's 18th annual Buy Indiana Expo Tuesday at French Lick Resort and Casino. (Photo by US Navy)
April 1, 2015
FRENCH LICK, Indiana - The Linton-Stockton Chamber of Commerce hosted Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC), Crane Division’s 18th annual Buy Indiana Expo Tuesday at French Lick Resort and Casino. The event offers companies opportunities to expand their business through contracts with government centers, and more than 300 Crane employees were in attendance.
The “Buy Indiana” initiative began in 1996 with the goal of increasing NSWC Crane’s spending in the state. Now the warfare center, which is one of Indiana’s largest employers, solicits local businesses first for purchases not expected to exceed $25,000 and is especially interested in opportunities for bankcard purchases of $3,000 or less. In the mid-1990s, about 11 to 12 percent of NSWC Crane’s total expenditures benefitted Indiana businesses but now that percentage has more than doubled. The warfare center procured over $900 million in parts and services last fiscal year, with $226 million paid to Hoosier businesses.
Nearly 200 companies from 12 states participated in this year’s expo, where Crane representatives held breakout sessions/workshops to educate vendors on conducting business with the federal government and connected interested parties with key Crane contacts. Linton-Stockton Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Cheryl Hamilton explained that these partnerships have a huge impact on the entire state. “When you consider the importance of the money Crane spends, it’s incredibly significant. You have to step back and view the big picture and the trickledown effect of all the dollars that go into payrolls and contractors—that money is putting shoes on our kids and food on our tables as it makes its way into all of our communities,” she stated.
The Buy Indiana Expo not only teaches companies about expanding their businesses into government contracting, but also allows NSWC Crane to find new and innovative products and services to support the United States military. “We want to continue finding both large and small companies to partner with us to help provide the best equipment and technologies to the warfighter while also living up to our responsibility to the American public in the best way possible,” stated NSWC Crane Commanding Officer CAPT Jeffrey Elder.
For more information on the “Buy Indiana” initiative, contact NSWC Crane’s Small Business Office at 812-854-1542 or firstname.lastname@example.org.