Northeast Indiana Defense Industry Association and the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership
Purdue University’s DMAP team, through the Purdue Center for Regional Development (PCRD), worked with both the Northeast Indiana Defense Industry Association and the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership to create a report, IN/defense: A Legacy of Innovation and Manufacturing in National Security, outlines the assets that position Northeast Indiana as a leader in the defense sector, and provides a tool by which legislators, PTACs, industry associations, and defense firms can now market the region to new businesses and potential investors.
In the words of Sean Ryan, Director of Engagement for Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne: “I would like to commend the good work of the Purdue Center for Regional Development in the comprehensive study of Northeast Indiana and eight other comparable regions in the country that are our direct competitors for defense business. The study, which was part of the DMAP program, yielded some very informative results and the marketing piece clearly highlights the advantages that Indiana, and our region in particular, bring to defense contractors.”
Trojon-Gear, a firm based manufacturer of gears, shafts, and spurs, underwent a lean manufacturing project as part of their engagement with the DMAP program. The project involved a third party consultant coming into their company, surveying employees and working directly on the factory floor to identify potential issues with workflow optimization. The consultant developed list of recommendations, ranging from changes in workflow to an explicit delineation of employee roles in the ordering process. After Trojon-Gear implemented the list of recommendations, quality rejects decreased, while on-time delivery increased.