• Harris instrument mentioned in NOAA press release.

    NIDIA Member, Harris Corporation, was recently mention in an NOAA press release for the launch and first VIIRS from the NOAA-20 satellite. This satellite was developed at Harris’ Fort Wayne Location. To read more about this satellite and the role Harris Corporation played in it’s development, visit https://www.nesdis.noaa.gov/JPSS-1

  • First Steps to Government and Defense Contracting and Compliance

    Please join the Office of Congressman Jim Banks, the U.S. Small Business Administration, and the Indiana Procurement Technical Assistance Center for First Steps to Government and Defense Contracting and Compliance.

    Thursday, January 25, 2018
    8:30 am – 2:00 pm
    Ivy Tech Community College Student Life Center
    3701 Dean Drive, Fort Wayne, IN 46835
    Attendance is FREE
    Boxed lunches are available for $12.50

    Click here to RSVP and see a full outline of the day’s agenda.

    Program Overview:

    • Getting Started
    • Navigation
    • Compliance
    • Department of Defense Contracting
    • Avoiding Contract Pitfalls
    • Subcontracting for Small Businesses
    • Meet with the Small Business Administration, Indiana Procurement, Technical Assistance Center, SCORE, Northeast Indiana Small Business Development Center, NSW Crane, INDOT, Department of Homeland Security, USDA, USDA Rural Development, and Indiana Department of Administration.

    For additional information contact: kathie.green@mail.house.gov

  • 2018 Buy Indiana Expo

    The 21st Annual Buy Indiana Expo, sponsored by Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane (NSWC Crane) and the Linton-Stockton Chamber of Commerce, will be held on Tuesday, April 10, 2018, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at the French Lick Resort & Casino.

    The purpose of the Buy Indiana Expo is to offer companies unique opportunities to expand their business through contracts with government centers.  The Buy Indiana Expo helps connect interested companies with key contacts from NSWC Crane.  Workshops will also be conducted by NSWC Crane to educate vendors on the process of doing business with the federal government.

    This is an opportunity to network and expand your business.  In addition to the 400+ NSWC Crane employees in attendance, there will also be approximately 200+ companies like yours, eager to make new acquaintances and business contacts throughout the Buy Indiana Expo.

    In order to take advantage of this opportunity to showcase your business to the acquisitionists and learn how to do business with Crane, please fill out the attached registration form and return to the Linton-Stockton Chamber of Commerce.  We hope to have an online reservation form available by late January 2018.

    View Registration Form

    For additional information about the event, please contact the Linton-Stockton Chamber of Commerce at 812.847.4846 or email info@lintonchamber.org.


    New RFI Special Notice:

    The purpose of this RFI is to solicit technology experimentation candidates from Research and Development (R&D) organizations, private industry, and academia for inclusion in future experimentation events coordinated by the U. S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). USSOCOM invites industry, academia, individuals, and Government labs to submit technology experimentation nominations addressing innovative technologies leading to possible Government/Industry collaboration for development of USSOCOM technology capabilities. The intent is to provide participants with the opportunity to gain Special Operations Forces (SOF) insight/perspective on participant technologies.

    Download the complete RFI here: RFI_TE_18_2_(Final)

  • NIDIA elects board leadership to implement roadmap for growth

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    July 19, 2017 (Fort Wayne, IN) – The Northeast Indiana Defense Industry Association (NIDIA) today announced the election Alan Tio to serve as chairman of the organization, which works to grow the defense sector throughout a 20-county region. Tio has served in local, regional, and state level economic development roles in Northeast Indiana and recently joined Michael Kinder & Sons, Inc. as Economic Developer.

    “Alan is the right person at the right time for the Chairman of the Board position. NIDIA is ready to try new and innovative ideas to support our membership and more important, grow our defense sector” said past chairman David L. Augustine, COL (RET), “NIDIA is committed to making sure Northeast Indiana is at the forefront of our statewide effort to establish Indiana as ‘the State that works in Defense!'”

    In addition, the NIDIA board of directors elected Rick Howard, Program Manager at Raytheon as the new Vice Chairman and Bill Busch, Business Consultant at Xcel HR as the new Secretary.  Scott Maddox, Director of Engineering at Riverside Manufacturing, will continue in his position as Treasurer.

    “In recent years, NIDIA’s volunteer board has developed a roadmap called “Why Northeast Indiana for Defense,” said Tio, “Now we must work with our 50+ members to implement the plan in order to grow the defense sector and maximize opportunities to provide the warfighter with the best tools possible.”


    Name, Industry Role
    Alan Tio, MKS *Chairman
    Rick Howard, Raytheon *Vice Chairman
    Scott Maddox, Riverside Mfg. *Treasurer
    Bill Busch, XcelHR *Secretary
    David Augustine, Stryke Industries *Past Chairman
    Bill Andrews *Executive Board Member, Independent
    Eric Webster, Harris Corporation *Executive Board Member, Large Business
    Scott Swymeler, BAE *Executive Board Member, Large Business
    Chris Straw, Team Quality Services *Executive Board Member, Small Business
    Joe Predina, Logistikos *Executive Board Member, Small Business
    Stacey Smith, Prairie Quest *Executive Board Member, Small Business
    Gil Perry, Indiana PTAC *Executive Board Member, Small Business
    Pat McCammon, SkySight Technologies *Executive Board Member, Small Business

    About the Northeast Indiana Defense Industry Association

    The NIDIA (Northeast Indiana Defense Industry Association) was formed with the idea to help fuel industry development in our area. Starting in 2010 we worked with community educators to help develop and improve the local defense community’s ability to attract and retain the required talent to effectively execute business and improve interaction between the defense industry and suppliers in the region. In 2015, the board voted unanimously to extend our reach to a 20 county region. For more information about NIDIA, please visit www.nidiaonline.org.

    Media Contact
    Alan Tio