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Indiana's Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) hosted a regional Industry Day at University of Southern Indiana (USI) on June 16, 2015. The event brought together local, state, and federal government organizations with regional industry and academia.
Shane Springer, PTAC State Director, was Master of Ceremonies for the event and provided introductory remarks along with Dr. Linda Bennett, USI President, Jacob Schpok, Office of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (OSBE) Executive Director, and the Honorable Lloyd Winnecke, Mayor of Evansville.
Major General Tooley, Assistant Adjutant General of the Indiana National Guard, was the keynote speaker and discussed the challenges this nation faces and the need for innovative public/private partnerships with the pressing budget constraints and complexity of our ever-changing global threats.
Presentations were given by these government agencies: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Department of Homeland Security (Border Patrol), Department of Defense, and the Federal SBIR/STTR Program. Industry presentations were given by Cummins, AmeriQual, and two successful regional small businesses and WestGate@Crane Technology Park tenants STIMULUS Engineering and TriStar Engineering.
PTAC's Industry Day provided a great opportunity to receive important information and stimulated networking between government, industry, and academia.
WestGate@Crane Technology Park
Company Spotlight - Technology Service Corporation
Technology Service Corporation (TSC) is an employee-owned high technology company with a focus on engineering services and technology development
employing world class engineers, highly responsive to customer needs, and are very cost competitive. TSC has approximately 350 employees of which 310 are technical staff (primarily engineers, physicists, and computer scientists) and close to 47% have advanced degrees. Employee-owned through Employee Stock Ownership Program since 1993, TSC has a small business entrepreneurial culture, with revenues in excess of $100M. TSC is a small business under most North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes stating <500 employee criteria, however, our revenue breaches the SeaPort-e small business threshold of $38.5M for Engineering Services (NAICS 541330), so TSC is considered a large business under SeaPort-e.
TSC specializes in systems engineering, test and evaluation, modeling and simulation, element level and Aegis Certification, acquisition logistics, and engineering design with prototype/ production capabilities. TSC is ISO 9001 Certified and Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) "Maturity Level 3 for Development" appraised.
TSC has had Indiana ties since 1980 when they began supporting the Microwave Directorate (now Global Department, Radar Engineering Division) providing engineering support for microwave tubes. Over the years TSC has broadened its core capabilities and customer base at Crane, currently supporting all three Technology Departments out of their Bloomington, Indiana office with additional dedicated office space at the WestGate@Crane Technology Park.
TSC has established a government reputation as a "Trusted Agent" for system design, performance assessment, technology insertion, and logistics; additionally, they have expanded services beyond microwave tubes and radar to electronic warfare and homeland defense. Their engineering capabilities span the program life cycle and allow the ability to provide technical life cycle continuity, valued technical support, and prototype and subsystem design/build services. TSC has demonstrated the ability to assist the government with oversight of major programs, for example: Aegis, Common Aviation Command and Control System, Composite Tracking Network, Phalanx Close-in Weapon System, and Ground/Air Task Oriented Radar. A proven team player, TSC successfully works with large prime contractors such as Raytheon, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, and Boeing as well as smaller manufacturers requiring design services.
In 2004 TSC acquired Phase IV Systems, an engineering and manufacturing company dedicated to providing advanced hardware and software products to
both government and industry clients. Phase IV is now TSC's Alabama Operation and has recognized expertise in radar, communications, and weapon system engineering; extensive capabilities in RF system synthesis ranging from concept to O&M support; strong analysis capability; complete system solutions employing required disciplines in the analysis, hardware and software areas; and experienced staff with demonstrated weapon system engineering and simulation capabilities
In 2011 TSC acquired Praxis, a major contractor for the Naval Research Lab in Washington, D.C. Praxis provides technical and programmatic services for a range of space missions (shuttle, expendable launch vehicle, and sounding rockets), science instruments and payloads, balloon and aircraft payloads, mission planning, and ground support equipment. Core competencies include systems engineering; program planning; guidance, navigation, and control; mechanical and electrical systems design; integration and test; launch vehicle and payload integration; and ground systems design and integration.
In 2012 TSC acquired Polyphase Microwave. Polyphase Microwave is an Indiana small business that was started in 2004, by a previous TSC employee, to design and build custom high-performance specialty mixer components, assemblies, and instrumentation. Currently, Polyphase Microwave products are used in Government systems (e.g. NSWC Crane Radar Division MWT test sets) with the primary market being domestic & foreign commercial products widely used for lab testing and fielded systems including communications, EW, radar and satellite systems. Polyphase products use a patented balanced hybrid coupler network that reduces amplitude and phase errors with improved bandwidth performance.
|TriStar Releases New Branding Initiative
Carlos Gaitani, Founder and President of G/Force acquired TriStar Engineering, Inc. in March 2015 and has been working to build positive changes in his first 90 days and Monday, July 6 he announced another huge move.
In a company-wide announcement at the firm's Indiana headquarters, the CEO and president outlined an ambitious rebranding initiative to employees. The new logo, Unique Value Statement and Identity are critical because "We wanted something timeless and enduring," Gaitani said.
A new logo will combine the current TriStar "Star Three" mark, which TriStar has been using since 1998, with the new "Star Five" mark.
"We wanted a logo that reflects our ambitions. The [former] TriStar logo does not reflect who we are today. To be a global defense firm, our name must be suggestive," Gaitani told employees. "Our name must be more than a name. It must be managed as a brand with which people emotionally connect."
Mr. Gaitani outlined five ambitions that will drive the company forward.
- Rebrand the Company
- Expand into new markets, i.e. Federal Agencies
- Stabilize and expand employee benefits
- Invest in Infrastructure, both personnel and equipment
- Make strategic investments in expanding core technologies and services
In addition to focusing on organic growth, TriStar will incubate new brands and services. Our goals for TriStar are to be a "magnet for talent," to "build global relevance" and be known as "solutions for customers."
"The opportunity ahead of us is bigger than it has ever been," Gaitani said.
|WestGate@Crane Technology Park Welcomes Precise Systems
Precise Systems staff held an open house on July 13th.Staff welcomed fellow park tenants with refreshments and introduced their team and facility. Precise Systems is headquartered in Lexington Park, Maryland, and supports the Department of Defense and NSWC Crane. Precise is a Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) and was founded in 1990. PS provides several services to the Federal Government including: engineering, acquisition management, logistics, information technology, financial management, and program management.
Precise Systems joins more than 30 companies, ranging from small business to Fortune 500 in the Tech Park. WestGate@Crane Technology Park welcomes our newest member to our family! Visit Precise Systems in their new office located in WestGate Four.
|Hoosier Energy Begins Solar Site Build
The installation of the 4,000 - 4,400 photovoltaic solar panels has begun! The site, approximately 12 acres in Taylor Township, Greene County, is visible from I-69 and is roughly 1.5 miles from NSWC Crane. The pre-assembled components will rotate up to 45-degree angles to track with solar rays.
Hoosier Energy has not requested any funding or infrastructure from Greene County, but plans to invest close to $2.7 million worth of equipment into the project. The project will be self-sustaining according to Hoosier Energy.
|Great Turn Out for Running for our Future 5K, in Honor of Chuck LaSota
On Saturday, June 6, 2015, 104 people participated in the second annual Running for our Future 5K. This is the first year it was held in honor of Chuck LaSota, a great friend to the WestGate, NSWC Crane, and running communities.
The community event included a 5K (walk and run) and awarded runners in all age categories, as well as overall winners in both female and male. James Fleetwood (0:21:36) and Hannah Walls (0:21:55) clutched the overall male and female awards at the race.
The monies collected from 5K entries and sponsorships will continue to fund STEM focused scholarships. Students interested in applying for the scholarship should speak with their school counselor in
August when scholarship
will be released.
The scholarships will be awarded at the 3rd Annual WestGate@Crane College Fair on September 29, 2015.
Pictured to the right are our platinum sponsors, Cary Bledsoe (STIMULUS Engineering), Amy Lore (Greene County Health - WestGate), Troy Arnold (JRC Integrated Systems), Ray Darnell (Raydar), Greg Sapp (Artisan Electronics), and Marc Mead (Battery Innovation Center); not pictured is a UDWI-REMC representative.
CRANE, Ind. -- Col. Jim Hooper became the 17th commander of Crane Army Ammunition Activity June 10 at a ceremony overlooking Naval Support Activity Crane's Lake Greenwood. Hooper assumed command from Col. Robert "Joe" Dixon, Jr, who has been selected to serve as the G4, the senior staff logistician, for III Corps, one of three corps of the United States Army Forces Command and located at Fort Hood, Texas.
A large crowd of Army, Navy and civilians watched as command colors passed from Dixon to Brig. Gen. Kristin K. French, Commanding General of U.S. Army Joint Munitions Command, to Hooper.
Hooper, a distinguished graduate of the Army ROTC program at Lafayette College, was commissioned as an Ordnance Officer in 1992. He most recently served as the Chief of Staff of the 1st Theater Sustainment Command's Operational Command Post located at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait.
"I'm extremely humbled and honored to be a part of the Joint Munitions Command and Crane Army Ammunition Activity," Hooper said. "Having recently left Kuwait after supporting operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and seven other countries in the Middle East, I can tell you that what happens here at Crane is as important, critical and relevant as it has ever has been."
"I look forward to building on the continued coordination and improvement of relationships between Crane and our state and local partners as well as our local communities as Col. Dixon has done over the last two years," Hooper said.
French, who was the guest speaker for the event, praised the many accomplishments the Crane Army workforce was able to achieve under Dixon's leadership, adding that Crane Army has been the JMC installation that has been the most aggressive and successful at restructuring its command.
"Your extraordinary contributions to our nation and to our warfighters are unparalleled," French said. "Your work, day in and day out, allows our warfighters to be successful in their mission to preserve liberty and freedom in countries all over the world."
"I know you are in good hands with my friend Col. Jim Hooper and his wife Dyan," Dixon told the crowd in his speech. "I have great confidence that the team will continue with the many innovations underway and to continuously improve and evolve so that Crane Army Ammunition Activity will continue to be a unique and precious resource for the nation."
French was also positive that Crane would continue to excel in its mission to support military operations all over the world under Hooper's leadership. "I am confident that Col. Hooper's logistics background will serve Crane well," said French. "He has worked at the tactical through the strategic levels of our Army."