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Ross County Announces $4.4 Million Investment in Delano Industrial Park Spec Building


Chillicothe, Ohio – In a significant development for the local economy, Delano Industrial, LLC, in partnership with JobsOhio, Ohio Southeast Economic Development (OhioSE), Ohio Department of Development, and Greater Chillicothe & Ross County Development, has announced the launch of the Delano Industrial Park Spec Building project. This initiative will be bolstered by a substantial $910,000 grant from JobsOhio through the Ohio Site Inventory Program.

The announcement was made today, March 26, 2024, marking a pivotal step towards enhancing industrial infrastructure in Chillicothe.

Expressing optimism about the project, J.P. Nauseef, President, and CEO of JobsOhio, emphasized the collaborative effort behind the initiative. “The new Delano Industrial Park speculative building will come after close collaboration with our partners, bringing a space that will accommodate rapid investment to create jobs in Chillicothe,” stated Nauseef.

The ambitious project, with an overall investment exceeding $4.4 million, entails the construction of a 50,000 square-foot building expandable to 100,000 square feet on a sprawling 10-acre site. Additionally, an extra 77 acres will remain available for further development. Site preparation will include road enhancements and grading of the building site pad, ensuring optimal conditions for future operations.

Tammy Eallonardo, Director of Greater Chillicothe & Ross County Development, highlighted the strategic importance of the project’s location. “The location of this site will support the continued growth of the local Kenworth supply chain,” she affirmed.

The Ohio Site Inventory Program (OSIP) plays a pivotal role in facilitating such ventures by identifying and developing properties with untapped potential. Kevin Winegardner of WRH Company expressed gratitude for the collaborative efforts driving the project forward. “Together we are laying the foundation for more opportunities for our local workers and for businesses to grow in Chillicothe,” Winegardner remarked.

Situated in close proximity to PACCAR-Kenworth Chillicothe operations and just minutes away from US23, Delano Industrial Park enjoys strategic connectivity. Katy Farber, OhioSE Vice President, emphasized the regional benefits of the project. “This business park’s location will allow access to our region’s labor surplus and support continued growth in Ross County,” Farber explained.

Further bolstering the project’s financial backing is a $2.5 million loan through the Rural Industrial Park Loan (RIPL) Program, underscoring the commitment to fostering economic development in the region.

The Delano Industrial Park Spec Building project represents a significant milestone in the ongoing efforts to bolster industrial infrastructure, attract investment, and spur job creation in Chillicothe and surrounding areas.