• NIDIA Announces MEGA Conference on April 17, 2015

    Fort Wayne, Ind.—The Northeast Indiana Defense Industry Association has announced the agenda and speakers for its semi-annual NIDIA Mega Conference, which will take place on Friday, April 17, at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW). The all-day conference is being co-sponsored by the Northeast Indiana Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), the Northeast ISBDC, and the IPFW Division of Continuing Studies. The spring 2015 NIDIA Mega Conference will take place in the IPFW Walb Student Union’s International Ballroom from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., with sign-in starting at 9 a.m. This all-day event is open only to members of the Northeast Indiana Defense Industry Association (NIDIA) and includes a complimentary lunch courtesy of NIDIA and the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership (NEIRP). The theme of the conference is “Collectively Solving the DoD’s Innovation Challenge: Key Enablers, Leaders and Strategies.” The event will include a welcome by the new NIDIA President, Retired Colonel David L. Augustine, and various speakers, including Major General Omer “Clif” Tooley, commander of the Atterbury-Mascatatuk Urban Training Center of the Indiana National Guard, and Shane Springer, executive director of the Indiana PTAC, among several other key figures. Opportunities for networking with the event speakers and other NIDIA members will be recurring throughout the day. (For more details on the day’s schedule, see the agenda included on the second page of this announcement). NIDIA members wishing to attend the NIDIA Mega Conference can register by clicking on this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nidia-mega-conference-tickets-15822372141. For additional information on becoming a NIDIA member or renewing your membership, visit www.NIDIAonline.org. Inquiries about the event may be directed to Gil Perry, Northeast Indiana PTAC counselor/trainer, at 260-205-3624 or fperry@osbe.in.gov. Click Here To View Agenda

  • NIDIA Announces 2015 Board of Directors

    The Northeast Indiana Defense Industry Association, NIDIA, is excited to announce its 2015 Board of Directors. The Chairman of the Board, David Augustine stated “As we go into the future and significantly grow our defense industry in Northeast Indiana, we need to have the best and brightest leading the way — this group of seasoned executives will make that happen!”

    THE NIDIA BOARD OF DIRECTORS

    • David Augustine, Stryke Industries, Chairman
    • Joe Peters, USSI, Vice Chairman
    • Scott Maddox, Riverside Manufacturing, Treasurer
    • Rich Howard, Raytheon
    • Pete Thiel, Exelis
    • Bob Hoffman, BAE
    • Jeff Uhey, AM General
    • Chris Straw, Team Quality Services
    • Eric Grotness, PHD Inc.
    • Van Gardner, GCG Industries
    • Ed Hendler, Auburn Gear
    • Stacey Smith, Prairie Quest
    • Gil Perry, Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC)

    All of our NIDIA members are invited to attend the 19 March NIDIA Membership / Steering Committee Meeting held at the Northeast Indiana Innovation Center (NIIC) at 8am. This event is designed to address the issues and concerns of our NIDIA members. And please “save the date” for the 17 April NIDIA Mega Conference – sign up details will be sent out in the near future. Please visit www.nidiaonline.org for further details.

  • STRYKE Team To Showcase “Game Changing” Disruptive Technologies And Solutions at the Lightweight Tactical Vehicles Summit

    Taking the DOD call for innovation head on, Stryke, a highly specialized innovative solutions provider that addresses the most difficult and challenging issues our modern tactical vehicle fleet faces is a proud sponsor of the Lightweight Tactical Vehicle Summit in Detroit, Michigan from 16 to 18 March. At this event, Stryke, true to its creed, will provide an exclusive and interactive workshop on “Innovative-Technology Driven Advanced Materials, Manufacturing and Solutions”. Industry leading technology in the following areas, directly applicable to the next generation of tactical vehicles, will be outlined: amorphous metal casting, precision machining of super alloys, additive manufacturing, graphene nanotechnology and many other forms of disruptive innovation. These advanced solutions will provide significant advantages for our military of tomorrow, today! “Given our team’s intimate familiarity with the future roadmaps and challenges for lightweight tactical vehicles of the future; we answered the call and assembled the most advanced and disruptive technologies to aggressively push state-of-the-art solutions. We bring best athlete companies to the warfighter,” stated Christopher W. Rohe (Major – USAFR), Senior Vice President of Strategy and Co-Founder of Stryke Industries. This summit will bring together some of the military’s key decision makers in an intimate forum to give insight into future vehicle acquisition projects. Since fewer vehicle contract opportunities are available due to drawn down conflicts abroad and sequestration, the military must be more proactive in identifying best-value solution providers. This event will serve as an ideal platform for military decision makers to achieve that initiative. “The Stryke Team will display a host of technologies at this event by some very innovative companies” stated Van Flamion, President of Stryke. Stryke teammates include:

    • Materion – a global leader in specialty materials that will drive key advancements in the tactical vehicle fleet.
    • Visser Precision – a leader in additive and amorphous manufacturing technologies ready for tactical vehicles.
    • Nexotherm – a phase change cooling technology for vehicles, electronics and warfighter wear.
    • VazTek – a valveless engine technology which will transform the future of the tactical vehicle industry.
    • Recovery Force MORPH Technology – a futuristic wearable warfighter fatigue management device.
    • Enzyme Solutions – acclaimed hi-performance enzyme cleaning solutions for equipment, vehicles and aircraft.
    • Angstron Materials – the latest graphene materials/technology trends as covered by the Discovery Channel.
    • Disc-O-Bed – the patented bed system, which delivers a good night’s sleep even during the extremes of combat.
    • Microchips Biotech – a revolutionary, implanted medicine delivery technology for the future warfighter.

    “In addition, our acclaimed HR development firm, xcelHR will discuss providing amazing bright and talented Stryke personnel to service global defense needs” Mr. Flamion stated. Join the vehicles community as we come together to learn best practices, programs and processes for 2015 and beyond. This will be a rare opportunity to speak with such a broad range of program managers, while meeting future clients within this hard-to-reach military vehicles community. To access the full agenda or to register for the conference, visit www.lighttacticalvehiclesummit.com.

  • Stryke Industries Announces Newest Client: XcelHR

    Stryke Industries, a highly specialized business development firm, is excited to announce its newest client, XcelHR. Stryke Industries manages as part of XcelHR’s team a coherent strategy of business development actions from research and development, capture planning, customer engagement, contract/proposal writing through product delivery. XcelHR is a nationwide provider of Human Resource Outsourcing Service, utilizing the latest in HTML portal technology, with multiple office locations including Fort Wayne, IN. XcelHR offers Human Resource (HR) services that cover the full lifecycle of employment from hiring to retiring. Their core software technology is one of the best in the country and is used to process tens of thousands of employee transactions across the country. “XcelHR solutions make benefit administration hassle free. So often companies are encumbered with growth from a strategic and transaction HR as well as state and federal compliance; XcelHR solves this growth headache and allows its clients to stay focused on their products and services” stated Chris Rohe, Senior Vice President for Strategy at Stryke Industries. Ted Winglass, the President of XcelHR stated “XcelHR offers you every form of employee management from a Professional Employer Organization where all HR services, cradle to grave, are offered in one service bundle to options such as HR Flex which allows our clients to grow with ala carte services. Our defense services department, teaming with Stryke Industries, will provide HR services and personnel to ensure the warfighter gets outstanding performance out of each and every contract”. Van Flamion, President of Stryke Industries stated “XcelHR is a great match for Stryke Industries. Stryke is committed to teaming with companies that are driven to provide great solutions for our military; what the Stryke- XcelHR Team achieves is exactly that. Stryke is in the business of growing defense companies and the partnership with XcelHR will allow these companies to achieve their goals focusing on their final warfighter solution, not paychecks or benefits administration. We are truly excited about this teaming relationship.” Questions on this release can be sent to publicaffairs@strykeindustries.com or call 260-407-1755.

  • Stryke Industries Announces Newest Client, Nexotherm LLC

    Stryke Industries, a highly specialized business development firm, is excited to announce its newest client, Nexotherm LLC. Stryke Industries manages as part of Nexotherm’s team a coherent strategy of business development actions from research and development, capture planning, customer engagement, contract/proposal writing through product delivery. Nexotherm LLC is a technology company located in Fort Wayne, IN that offers a wide range of phase-change materials for the defense and commercial industries. By adjusting specific chemistry, phase-change materials can be preset to a variety of temperatures and remain at that temperature for extended periods of time. “When we think of water, we think about how it freezes at 32°F to change from a liquid to a solid. Nexotherm’s material can change its state from a liquid to a solid over a wide range of temperatures that are colder than freezing or as hot as a 150°F offering thermal-management solutions where heat and (or) cooling is negatively effecting the performance of a product, including human performance” stated Chris Rohe, Stryke’s Senior Vice President for Strategy. Michael Giuliano, the President of Nexotherm stated “when you look at the Nexotherm line of products and current Stryke initiatives, there is no doubt we will provide DOD a broad range of new and improved defense applications in the near future! Our commitment is to provide only the finest products possible to the warfighter”. Van Flamion, President of Stryke Industries stated “Nexotherm LLC is a great match for Stryke Industries. Stryke is committed to teaming with companies that are driven to provide great solutions for our military; what the Stryke-Nexotherm Team achieves is exactly that. We are already engaged in discussions on a series of technology solutions that will be game-changers. Needless to say, we are very excited about this product.” Questions on this release can be sent to publicaffairs@strykeindustries.com or call 260-407-1755.