• Purdue launches program to assist small to mid-sized defense contractors grow and diversify

    In 2008, the Department of Defense (DOD) spent $8 billion on contracts that were performed by companies and organizations across Indiana. Last year, contracts across the state amounted to $2.5 billion. This drop in government spending has severely impacted manufacturing firms in the defense supply chain and communities where defense contractors are located. In response, the Purdue Technology Assistance Program (TAP) along with the Purdue Center for Regional Development (PCRD) have announced the Defense Manufacturing Assistance Program (DMAP). DMAP is a partnership of the Universities of Michigan, Ohio State and Purdue and is being funded as part of a $2.4 million grant secured from the DOD, Office of Economic Assistance. The goal of DMAP is to maintain and retain the critical manufacturing infrastructure, capacity and capabilities to meet national security priorities across Michigan, Ohio and Indiana — a region that is vital to our nation’s defense and security. In Indiana, DMAP helps small to mid-sized manufacturers find new markets, stabilize their businesses and implement diversification strategies by leveraging Purdue Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) services and subject matter experts. Purdue MEP is now accepting inquires for DMAP partnership projects by Indiana defense manufacturers who meet the following criteria: small to medium size defense contractor (35-1000 employees) or supplier to the defense industry with at least 5 percent reduction in sales, production or employment within the past 24 months (or imminent threat of reduction in the immediate future), ability to cost share on projects (capped at $25,000) and a management team dedicated to diversification and growth. The DMAP MEP partnership focus areas are core strengthening, market diversification and new technology commercialization. Projects will be selected by Purdue MEP with an emphasis on projects with high-potential outcomes.

    About Purdue MEP

    The Purdue Manufacturing Extension Partnership, a business unit of the Purdue Technical Assistance Program (TAP), provides high-value solutions to help Indiana businesses maximize their success by increasing profits, reducing costs and implementing growth systems. We serve more than 500 companies annually by implementing continuous improvement principles in the areas of productivity, growth and technology. Purdue MEP has helped our clients collectively achieve over $1 billion of economic impact since 2005.

    About PCRD

    The Purdue Center for Regional Development pioneers new ideas and strategies that contribute to regional collaboration, innovation and prosperity, with four main program areas: Data for Decision Makers, Collaborative Leadership, Strategy and Planning, Economic Development and Business Growth. We have projects and programming in more than 50 Indiana communities and in 63 of the 92 counties across the state.

    DMAP Contacts

    John Blignaut Purdue TAP 317-275-6816 JohnBlignaut@purdue.edu Carolyn Hatch PCRD 765-496-6508 chatch@purdue.edu. Source Carolyn Hatch

  • Free OSHA Training Available with INSafe Scholarships

    Hoosier companies and public works departments in need of health and safety training for their employees now have an opportunity to save money with INSafe scholarships available through a partnership between Team Quality Services,Inc., of Auburn, and the Indiana Department of Labor (DOL). The courses are being offered at five locations around the state to help Hoosier businesses create and maintain safe and healthy workplace environments that are compliant with the standards of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Both 10-hour and 30-hour OSHA training is available in the areas of construction or general industry. For more information on topics and dates,view the list of upcoming training sessions at the various Indiana locations that is included on second page of this announcement. A limited number of full-course INSafe scholarships is available to Indiana businesses that employ 250 or fewer employees, as well as to woman-owned businesses, minority-owned businesses and public sector workforces. Successful applicants will receive a fully-paid scholarship that will include course registration and materials. These scholarships,which are being made possible by the Indiana DOL as part of a goal to increase its occupational safety and health training reach throughout the state,provide critical training to employers and employees who may otherwise not be able to afford to participate in these training courses. Interested individuals may apply for the scholarships through the Team Quality website: teamqualityservices.com/insafe-application  Team Quality Services worked closely with the Indiana Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) to identify the INSafe contract opportunity as well as training space throughout the state. The PTAC coordinated with the Indiana Small Business Development Center (ISBDC} network to allow Team Quality Services to utilize training facilities at the various ISBDC regional centers.”Utilizing resources the State already has paid for only makes sense,” commented Chris Straw, president ofTeam Quality Services. Team Quality Services also brought in the help of Safer Worker Systems,a certified Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), to assist in execution of the contract. “I am excited to work together with Team Quality Services to promote safety throughout Indiana,” said Thomas Black, owner of Safer Worker Systems, which is based in Fort Wayne. Team Quality Services is a Service Disabled,Veteran Owned Business (SDVOB) and an industry leader in third­ party quality and safety services for manufacturing, energy and construction industries. With offices in the U.S.,Canada and Mexico,Team Quality Services offers a comprehensive line of services designed to improve product quality and safety throughout the supply chain. View Full Press Release

  • NSWC Crane Advanced Planning Briefings for Industry Meeting

    Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC Crane) is excited to be hosting its Advanced Planning Briefings for Industry (APBI) meeting on 1 April 2015 at the WestGate Academy. This year’s theme is “Collaborating for Innovative, Lasting Solutions”. The purpose of the APBI meeting is to provide industry and academia with information on future NSWC Crane technology efforts, requirements, potential contract opportunities, and how to do business with NSWC Crane. The APBI forum provides presentation and discussion on how industry/academia and NSWC Crane can collaborate and build thriving partnerships to ensure future Warfighter success. The meeting will include presentations from senior leadership covering the three mission focus areas: Electronic Warfare, Special Missions, and Strategic Missions. Additional information and registration link is available at http://www.crane-apbi.com/. Date & Time: Wednesday, April 1, 2015 Onsite Registration: 0700 – 0800 Meeting: 0800 – 1600 Location: WestGate Academy Conferencing & Training Center 13598 East WestGate Drive Odon, IN 47562 Cost & Registration: There is no cost to attend this meeting; however, registration is required

  • Fort Wayne Base Community Council Member & Guest Luncheon

    The Fort Wayne Base Community Council cordially invites you and your guests to the Member and Guest Luncheon and Program with a full and engaging agenda, to include FWBCC updates and opportunities to get involved, local military updates, networking, and our guest speaker: COLONEL L. KIP CLARK (Commander of the 181st Intelligence Wing) Intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, disaster response and fatalities search and rescue — these are a few of the missions of the brave members of the 181st. You won’t want to miss this event! COL Clark will highlight the Airmen supporting today’s Fight with Intelligence and Air Support Operations, and will highlight the 181st Intelligence Wing contributions to Disaster Response.

    Event Information

    When: Tuesday, April 7, 2015, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. EDT Where: Ceruti’s Summit Park – 6601 Innovation Boulevard, Fort Wayne, IN 46818 The enhanced plated lunch menu will offer both meat & vegetarian options. If you would like a vegetarian meal, make that selection in the registration question. Cost: $10.00 Current & Retired Military * $15.00 Council Members * $20.00 Guests If you are unable to register online, payment can also be made at the door via cash or credit card, for an additional $5.00 charge per person. Register at the link below, and please present a printed receipt of payment at the door. Click Here to Register for the April 7 Lunch & program Please provide full names, titles/ranks (if appropriate), for you and all guests at the time you RSVP. This will ensure a proper lunch count, correct name badges, and information for the roster for all attendees of the event. For any issues registering online, email fortwaynebcc@gmail.com or call 260-760-9936 Please RSVP no later than Friday, April 3rd Thank you. We look forward to seeing you April 7! Fort Wayne Base Community Council “Bringing Service and Community Together” www.fortwaynebasecc.org P.O. Box 25506 Fort Wayne, IN 46825

  • Don’t Miss Next Week’s Steering Committee Meeting

    We will be holding our quarterly Membership/Steering Committee meeting next week, on the March 19th at 8:00am, in the Cole Auditorium at the NIIC (3201 Stellhorn Road in Fort Wayne).  This quarterly meeting is an opportunity to address your issues, determine concerted NIDIA plans to address and track them and integrate with our Executive Steering Committee from across Indiana.  We hope to see each of you there!

    As a reminder, we encourage any/all NIDIA members to attend our Steering Committee meetings, as they are not just for the core Steering Committee, but for all members. 

    Also, please sign up on our Eventbrite page at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nidia-mega-conference-tickets-15822372141 for the upcoming mega conference on the 17th of April (signup is required to attend).  If any of you signed up via a link that took you to the PTAC site, please advise and we’ll get you added into Eventbrite.

    For more information about the MEGA Event, visit the following news post: http://nidiaonline.org/nidia-announces-mega-conference-on-april-17-2015/