Lt. Governor Crouch, military, state and local officials to mark progress of new $4.3 million 40,000 sq. ft. multi-use facility for WestGate tech park
ODON, Indiana – Executives of the Virginia-based Alion Science and Technology company joined state and local officials at the WestGate at Crane Technology Park June 2 to mark progress of the all-new $4.3 million Alion facility in the park.
“Days like today are important not just locally but to the people of Indiana – technology growth, particularly like what Alion is demonstrating here today, is a critical focus of our administration as we take our economy to the Next Level.,” said Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch. She continued: “The future is bright. It is bright for NSWC Crane. It is bright for Hoosiers living here in the region. And it is bright for the state of Indiana.”
Alion is part of more than 35 defense industry tenants in the WestGate tech park who serve the $2 billion NSWC Crane technology center and other defense contracts.
Alion expects to occupy the new 40,000 sq. ft. facility following completion of construction in December. The Alion expansion is expected to generate new technology job creation in the region.
About 100 people took park in the June 2 event, which was hosted by the WestGate Seven development company. Several officials commented about the $4.3 million expansion.
“As a long-time supporter of both the WestGate tech park and NSWC Crane, I offer congratulations and appreciation to Alion Science and Technology for their current expansion,” said Congressman Larry Bucshon (Eighth district). “The WestGate serves a critical role for Indiana’s defense industry and for the region.”
”Our NSWC Crane team is most appreciative of the companies and technology experts who help us serve all branches of the U.S. military and the U.S. Homeland Security Department,” said Capt. J.T. Elder, who serves as the commanding officer for the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division. “We congratulate the executives of Alion Science and Technology for their expansion in the region.”
“This is an exciting time for us at Alion as we grow along with our neighbors in the local Crane community,” said Bruce Samuelsen, Chief Operating Officer (COO) for Alion Science and Technology.
“Alion’s expansion again demonstrates the value and critical contributions that the WestGate tech park makes both to Indiana technology growth and to America’s defense industry,” said Phil O’Haver, chairman of the Daviess County Economic Development Corporation. O’Haver, who spoke at the event, also serves on the WestGate Authority, a nine-person council that oversees the certified technology park.
Other executives and officials taking part in the June 2 event included Jeff Quyle, CEO of Radius Indiana; Hunter Bisch, representing Congressman Bucshon; Dale Ankrom, WestGate Seven development company; Danielle Chrysler, executive director of the Indiana Department of Defense Development; and other state and local officials.
DEA, Inc served as architect for the new Alion facility. Rutherford Construction Services of Sheridan (Indiana) is providing construction support. The new 40,000 sq. ft. Alion facility is being constructed in the Daviess County section of the tri-county WestGate park (the WestGate park also has property located in Greene and Martin counties).
The WestGate @ Crane Technology Park presently offers more than a quarter of a million square feet in technology and commercial facilities. More than 460 technology and other professionals work in the park.