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The Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) at Crane


The $2 billion Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC Crane) represents the county’s largest employer, drawing more than 4,000 scientists, engineers and technical professionals daily from more than 40 counties across southern Indiana.  The base (www.crane.navy.mil), which serves all branches of the U.S. military and Homeland Security operations, is the Navy’s third largest base in the world.  The 100-square-mile facility occupies one-third of Martin County.  The base contributes more than $1.3 million per day to the Indiana economy, and virtually all of Indiana’s major research universities have formal cooperative research agreements (CRADA) with the military facility. 

Unlike most U.S. military land bases, NSWC Crane is 90% civilian. The base seeks to out-source as much high-end technical work as possible to promote highly efficient operations.  At present, several Fortune 100-level technology companies (including Boeing, General Dynamics, Teledyne Technologies, Northrop Grumman, etc.) serve NSWC Crane through military contracts. For this reason, the West Gate @ Crane Technology Park located outside the northwest gate of the Crane base is expected to grow rapidly over the next few years.
For more information about NSWC Crane, see www.globalsecurity.org/military/facility/crane.htm

The West Gate @ Crane Technology Park
(and related companies)
The West Gate @ Crane is the first multi-county Technology Park in the State of Indiana and is described by Purdue University as “the single best opportunity for the direct commercialization of technology in Indiana.” For more information, go to: www.westgatecrane.com For inquiries, please contact:

Jerry L. Ott
Martin County Economic Development Director
Main Street Consulting
2491 E 200 S
Franklin, IN 46131
317-534-3029 Fax
317-727-0150 Cell
jott@mainstreetconsulting.com E-mail

Gypsum Industry
The county’s second largest industry taps the region’s rich geological composition. Martin County is home to US Gypsum Company, (www.usg.com  812-247-2101) and National Gypsum Company, (www.nationalgypsum.com, 812-247-2424). Both are located near Shoals on the east side of the county. (For detailed descriptions of the geological wonders in the area please visit www.visitmartincounty.org.)

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