Purdue@WestGate bridging the gap between Indiana Manufacturers and government contracting

ODON – On Tuesday, September 06, Purdue@WestGate and Indiana Procurement Technical Assistance Center hosted a new, first-of-its-kind event. Indiana Manufacturing Day offered guidance and resources to small businesses on how they can grow their businesses through government contracting.

Twenty manufacturers from across the state were represented at the event in hopes of adding their capabilities to the Indiana defense industry, specifically with NSWC Crane.

Mr. Matt Burket, Deputy for Small Business
Mark Burkett

“This event did a great job of showcasing how important manufacturing is to DoD, the State of Indiana, and our country.  As businesses become more intentional about moving manufacturing work back to the United States, Indiana is positioned to lead that charge.  It was great seeing small, Indiana, manufacturers eager to support the DoD and specifically the mission at NSWC Crane.  The manufacturing capabilities we have in our state are second to none.  This is definitely an event I want to be involved with going forward.“  Matt Burkett, Director of Small Business Programs, NSWC Crane.

The event featured a panel discussion based on lessons learned and the future of contracting.

Chris Jeffers

Representatives from NSWC Crane, Conexus, DIBBS Navigator, and Tri Star Engineering sat on the panel that was moderated by State Director of Indiana PTAC Program, Chris Jeffers. “Indiana PTAC is committed to helping Indiana businesses win government contracts to sustain, grow and expand their businesses in Indiana,” said Jeffers. “The Indiana Manufacturing Day event was a perfect example of how Hoosier businesses come together to share best practices and collaborate with NSWC Crane and Purdue University.”

Purdue@WestGate hosts monthly webinars with the Indiana PTAC and strives to bridge the gap between Indiana Manufacturers and the Department of Defense. 

“This was the first event we have attended, and it did not disappoint. It was great to meet other like-minded individuals and learn from their experiences and expertise. We would recommend any company looking to enter the government sales space to attend,” said Micah Reed of Motus Tracking Solutions.

The day concluded with an open house at the new ManTech building located within the WestGate@Crane Technology Park. ManTech also featured the Dell Day Technology Bus that is currently touring nationwide. Purdue@WestGate intends to make Indiana Manufacturing Day an annual event.

Learn more about Indiana Manufacturing Day on the event website: Indiana Manufacturing Day | WestGate Academy (westgate-academy.com).