Advancing U.S. Defense Capabilities

Bloomington propels the region's defense industry forward with its world-class research university, skilled talent pool, and multi-faceted business ecosystem. Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center, southwest of Bloomington, is the third-largest naval installation in the world, serving as a longstanding hub for defense research and development in electronic warfare, strategic missions, and other critical areas of support for the U.S. Navy. In the fall of 2023, IU announced its commitment to expand its collaboration with Crane to become a prominent defense industry research institute.

Other key Defense Industry players in Bloomington include Tri-Star Engineering, Warrant Technologies, CACI Technologies Inc., Scientia, LLC, and Technology Service Corporation, and the list continues to grow. 

Our central location on the I-69 corridor facilitates efficient transport of goods in both directions, reducing shipping costs, transit, and production times. We’re less than an hour from Indianapolis and Indianapolis International Airport, four hours from Chicago, Cincinnati, St. Louis, Louisville, Kentucky, Nashville, Tennessee, and a day's drive to 80 percent of the US population. Additionally, the Monroe Country Regional Airport serves Crane and is a tremendous Defense Industry asset. Developers have been quick to see the potential of our desirable geographic positioning, so a variety of sites and properties with robust and reliable utilities are now available.

If you’re looking for the best ally for your Defense Industry-related business, contact BEDC today.

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