Columbus Region Speciality Aftermarket Automotive Equipment Park

The City of Delaware has been home to JEGS, the world's largest retailer of specialty aftermarket automotive equipment, since the 1990s. This $2.9 billion dollar retail industry is fueled by manufacturers, distributors, R&D centers, service providers and retailers all over the world.

We have established a park that allows these companies to cluster, share resources, technologies, R&D and,
perhaps, customers. It also will allow them to more effectively draw from a region with a high concentration
of skilled and trained employees including engineers and, perhaps, even recruit together.

In addition to JEGS, PPG also is an anchor industry. PPG's aftermarket automotive paint division also has
called Delaware home since 1960. Our facility is the largest producer of waterborne aftermarket automotive paint in the nation.


Transportation Research Center

With a central location, the City of Delaware is only 32 miles from the Transportation Research Center's test track ( This 4,500 acre facility includes a 7.5 test track in addition to other testing facilities. The "Transportation Research Center is an independent automotive proving ground providing research and development, and compliance and certification testing for vehicles and components, for crash testing, emissions testing, dynamic testing and durability testing."

Ohio State University's Center for Automotive Research

In the other direction, the City of Delaware is only 22 miles from Ohio State University's Center for Automotive Research ( The Center has been a major contributor to product development and optimization globally. It was worked with manufacturers from all sectors of the automotive industry.

Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course

Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course ( is only 44 miles north of the City of Delaware. This is a world-class racing facility in Mansfield, Ohio.


With one of the nation's best engineering colleges located just down the road at Ohio State University, the Central Ohio region continue to be a hot location for engineers to start their careers and to stay and grow their careers. Delaware County's high quality of life with top ranked schools, parks, recreation, high quality restaurants, microbreweries and other forms of entertainment has created an attractive place for these engineers and other white-collar professionals to live and raise their families. More than 60% of county residents have an associate's degree or higher. 

Being in one of the largest labor sheds in the state also provides over 1.6 million workers within a half-an-hour drive.


  • Acreage: ~580 acres of annexed land on the Southeast side of US42; hundreds of additional non-annexed and non-zoned land on the Northwest side of US42.
  • Zoning: M-1, but will work with a developer to develop a Planned Industrial District (PID) overlay.

  • Access: This limited access road provides 3 intersections into the sites. We are planning to intersect the northwestern access point with a planned JEG's Blvd. extension which will provide access points on either side. 

  • Distance to Main Arterial Roads: 
      • US42 - Intersecting
      • US23 - 2 miles
      • US33 - 10 miles
      • US36 to Marysville - 2 miles
      • I71 - 10 miles
      • I270 - 12 miles
  • Incentives:
    • Tax Increment Financing - 100% - Already in place to assist in financing Sawmill Parkway
    • Community Reinvestment Area (CRA) Tax Abatements - Up to 100% for up to 15 year property tax abatements on vertical improvements (buildings)
    • Performance Based Incentive - We will negotiate payments to a company for a certain term based on a percentage of their employees income tax collections.
    • Revolving Loan Fund - Loans of up to $500,000 for up to 10 years for machinery & equipment, or land or building purchases
  • Airport: The City of Delaware's Municipal airport features a 5,800 ft. runway capable of serving significant corporate jet traffic. NetJets provides service in and out of our airport. We also can provide shuttle service to and from the airport.


Sean Hughes M.S.
Economic Development Director
Business Concierge

 Kelsey Scott
 Economic Development  Specialist
 Business Concierge

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