• Lightweight Tactical Vehicles Summit

    Come see speakers with more than 300 years of combined military experience at the Lightweight Tactical Vehicles Summit – March 16-18, 2015 at the MGM Grand Detroit in Detroit Michigan.

    Benefits of Attending

    • Exposure and understanding of the next generation of lightweight tactical vehicles
    • Understand and influence requirements in order to provide “best value” parts and components
    • Gain clarity on the limitations of offensive weaponry and terrain
    • Learn best practices to increase speed to market

    View Event Overview Document Get directions to the MGM Grand in Detroit, MI

  • Small Technology Firms and Innovators, America’s Largest Seed Fund is Coming to a City Near You

    The SBIR Road Tour is a national outreach effort to convey the non-dilutive technology funding opportunity provided through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. Over the course of this year individual program managers from the 11 participating agencies representing $2.5 billion in early stage funding will embark on a 20 state road tour, participating in a series of events alongside technology entrepreneurs and innovation supporters from across the United States. If you’re an innovator, entrepreneur, researcher, or small technology firm, don’t miss this opportunity. Every SBIR Road Tour stop provides an in-depth understanding of agency technology funding priorities, and one-on-one meetings with high level decision makers. Register TODAY! North Central Tour – the week of July 13th: Indianapolis, IN Chicago, IL Learn more by visiting www.sbirroadtour.com NIDIA will work with the Road Tour team to bring this tour to Fort Wayne in the future.

  • 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!”


    • 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.