Broad Ripple developer lands Fortune 500 firm at Crane

Broad Ripple developer Westgate @ Crane Development Co. has broken ground on a technology building in a fledgling industrial park near Naval Surface Warfare Center at Crane in southwest Indiana.

The 37,800-square-foot facility will be occupied by Science Applications International Corp., a Fortune 500 company that is one of the largest civilian contractors at Crane, Westgate @ Crane Development Co. said today.

The announcement, attended by Gov. Mitch Daniels, also involved Westgate disclosing that it will build a 16,800-square-foot office building that will serve as an incubator for high-tech startups involved in defense.

Together, the facilities are expected to create 100 jobs.

WestGate @ Crane Development is owned by Throgmartin-Henke Land Partners of Westfield.

The military base stores ordnance, but also develops some of the most sophisticated military hardware in the world. It employs about 5,000 scientists, engineers and technical professionals.

Economic-development planners hope defense contractors and other companies that work with the engineers, scientists and technicians on the Crane base will cluster in the park, which is outside the base and a couple of miles from the planned route for the extension of Interstate 69.

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