CRANE - Naval Support Activity Crane is large in size and boasts a hefty economic impact. In our continuing series on the nearly 100-square-mile southwest central Indiana institution, Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center Director of Engagement Kyle Werner said "Team Crane" contributes some $2 billion annually to the state. Nearly 430 new NSWC Crane employees have been added over the last five years.

Crane Army Ammunition Activity Engineer Lauren Shipman joined Warner on an interview on Inside INdiana Business with Gerry Dick and said ongoing modernization efforts at the World War II-era operation focus on flexibility and safety. "Each of the modernization efforts focuses on whole-building renovations of those facilities," she said. "We want to ensure we're doing everything possible in those buildings to promote the safety of our employees and get them home safe to their families everyday." Shipman added "we don't want to paint ourselves into a corner for what ammunition is today and when we look at modernizing facilities, we're looking at what might come in the future and ensure those facilities are designed that way."

NSA Crane's more than 5,000 employees are nearly all civilians and officials say it possesses one of the region's highest concentrations of scientists, engineers and technicians. Werner calls Crane a "very much a demand-driven organization." He added "with our market verticals that we've developed in strategic missions, electronic warfare and expeditionary warfare, we've seen real strong demand in each of those three areas." Werner says the highly-trained professionals at Crane make up a "next-generation workforce."