The transfer of ideas, inventions and technology from Federal laboratories into the private sector is crucial to innovation and economic development. By bringing the private sector into the development of tax-funded technologies, useful new products and services can enter the market and strengthen the economy. Likewise, those innovations can feed back into Federal laboratories resulting in more advanced warfighter capabilities.
For this reason, NSWC Crane officials have long desired the presence of a commercial defense-focused technology center outside of the base gates and WestGate fulfills that role. Located just outside the entrance to NSA Crane, the tri-county Certified Technology Park is home to over 20 companies, which comprise a growing cluster of defense-related Fortune 500 companies and small businesses serving NSWC/NSA contracts. These companies include: URS Corporation (URS), NAVMAR Applied Sciences Corporation, Technical Services Corporation (TSC), Stimulus Engineering, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), Tri-Star Engineering, Concurrent Technologies Corporation (CTC), ITT, CSC, Novonics, Raydar & Associates, CACI, EG & G Technical Services among others.
According to Jason Lovell Director of the Indiana Office of Defense Development, "Given its location next to NSA Crane, the WestGate @ Crane Technology Park is in an ideal location to develop synergies with on-base research and development operations. Such synergy can only be expected to increase the attractiveness of the park and the region to multi-billion-dollar defense companies.” WestGate’s proximity to NSA Crane provides the perfect location for technology transfers to take place, allowing new technologies to enter the market from their military applications.
The park is equipped with 13 buildings—new office, industrial and mixed-used space—as well as high-speed gigabit fiber optic connectivity and data security available at all levels. WestGate features more than a quarter of a million square feet in new construction and has attracted more than $75 million in public and private investments. The park has created more than 400 new jobs with total employment nearing 1,000 with a salary base of about $13 million.
With the U.S. Navy’s and Marine Corps Seaport contract procurement platform in place at NSWC Crane, federal contract work is open for bid to both large established defense companies and entrepreneurial technology start-ups. WestGate provides strategic contract pursuit, close customer contact, technology and manufacturing teaming opportunities, direct state support, and unique tax incentives among other benefits.