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 one of the largest producer of waterborne aftermarket automotive paint in the nation.

The area also is home to Bar 1 Motorsports and Engineered Materials Systems, a producer of electronic adhesives and printed inks for Tesla and other automotive manufacturers.


Transportation Research Center

With a central location, the City of Delaware is only 32 miles from the Transportation Research Center ( This 4,500 acre facility includes a 7.5 test track in addition to other testing facilities including the all-new Smart Mobility Advanced Research and Test Center. 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."

The TRC recently opened the SMARTCenter autonomous vehicle testing facility and issued a white paper in partnership with SEMA on aftermarket parts and autonomous vehicle functions.

"The new TRC white paper, “Advanced Driver Assistance Systems and Aftermarket-Modified Vehicle Compliance,” is designed to give these professionals the confidence that advanced technologies will continue to work as intended whenever vehicles are modified. The research draws on TRC’s years of dynamics testing and automotive systems expertise to analyze how aftermarket professionals can ensure their repairs or modifications comply with OEM standards for safety and performance."

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 southeast of US42. We are planning to intersect the northwestern access point with a planned JEG's Blvd. extension which will provide access points on either side.

    On the northwest side of US42, Sawmill Parkway will be extended to Section Line Rd. to the west and will offer at least two intersections providing access to sites.

  • 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:
    • Community Reinvestment Area (CRA) Tax Abatements - We can negotiate up to 100% for up to 15-year property tax abatements on new vertical improvements (buildings)
    • Performance Based Economic Incentive Grant - We may negotiate payments to a company for a certain term based on a percentage of their employees income tax collections
    • Construction Material Sales Tax Abatement - In partnership with the Delaware Area Finance Authority, we can offer abatements on the sales taxes for construction materials for your project
    • PACE Financing - Through the Delaware Area Finance Authority, we can assemble assessment based financing for building high efficiency components such as HVAC, lighting, etc.
    • Consolidated Cooperative Revolving Loan Fund - Our partner, Consolidated Cooperative, offers low-interest loans of up to $100,000 for machinery and equipment purchases
  • Airport: The City of Delaware's Municipal Airport features a 5,800 ft. runway capable of serving significant corporate jet traffic. We also can provide shuttle service to and from the airport.


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