Crane Naval Support Activity will be hiring 400 new workers in 2019 and filling another 180 positions left empty from attrition as the southern Indiana military base gears up to meet demands from the Department of Defense.
The base’s two largest commands, the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division and the Crane Army Ammunition Activity, will add employees “for key activities unique to the technical capabilities, facilities and expertise found at Crane,” according to a news release from Radius Indiana. The organization works closely with Crane, which currently employs about 6,000, in promoting economic development in the southwestern Indiana.
“Crane Army’s vital work in countermeasures, logistics, production and demilitarization of ammunition, coupled with the upcoming opening of the new Crane Flexible Manufacturing Complex later this year, means an increased demand for advanced manufacturing workers who receive specialized training for the Army work,” the news release said, citing an expected workload increase and the need to fill 45 blue-collar jobs.
Crane’s Navy side will hire 368 new employees, and another 187 people to replace workers who left and whose positions remained vacant. The Navy side at Crane is seeing a significant increase in work in its specialty areas of expeditionary warfare, electronic warfare and strategic missions. Matt Craig, who worked at Crane for three decades and is now director of Crane community support, said those jobs will be far ranging and will include technicians, engineers and scientists.