For many years, Naval Support Activity Crane, has been an integral part in the Wabash Valley and the counties surrounding Daviess County.
And now, in it’s 75th year of operations, Crane reached out to share this milestone with it’s community.
One of Crane’s missions is to “produce and provide logistical support, to meet conventional munitions requirements in support of the joint force.”
But on Saturday morning, the mission was to spend time with it’s surrounding community.
“It’s a huge significance,” says Timothy Craddock, commanding officer, “We employ more than 5,000 people, both active duty military, government civilians…would that be navy civilians, or army civilians, as well as contractors. So you’re looking at a very large work force here in the Southern Indiana”
For many in Daviess, Greene, Lawrence, Martin, Monroe and Sullivan counties, the economic impact totals upwards of 2 billion dollars in revenue, making Crane installation the largest employer in Southwest Central Indiana.
“It’s impacted a lot,” says Matthew Acton, who came in first place in the mini-marathon. “My dad works here, my grandpa used to work here, my uncle works here, my brother works here. So it’s kinda Acton tradition to work here at Crane so.”
While embracing community involvement, multiple outdoor activities, vendors, a 5k and a mini marathon, helped to gather crane personnel and the public together.
“I think it’s a big deal to especially celebrate this 75th anniversary,” says Acton. “It’s fantastic opportunity for all the members of crane and for the families to come out and support crane.”
“We’re very confident that our mission will continue to evolve and grow uh, for the next 25 years and we’ll be a staple here in Southern Indiana for a long time to come,” says Craddock.
Crane is best know for engineering, producing and testing naval ammunition.