It’s been almost a year and four months to the day since Carlisle Events purchased the former International Automotive Components plant on Spring Road in Carlisle, but the company, one of the world’s largest presenters of collector car, truck and motorcycle entertainment, is still working out the best use for the property.
“We’re still evaluating the property to see what its best use can be for the area,” said Carlisle Events Media Specialist Mike Garland. “Whatever we ultimately do … we want to be considerate of the community.”
IAC shut its doors in December 2008, resulting in the loss of 350 jobs when combined with a series of layoffs that year. Carlisle Events purchased the property Nov. 30, 2010.
The former plant property, located at 50 Spring Road, is comprised of 48 acres – a 23-acre parking lot zoned urban industrial and a 25-acre area where the buildings are located zoned general industrial.
While Carlisle Events continues to weigh its options, the company has been using the parking lot for any overflow from its shows and the buildings for automotive storage.
“We use it for overnight parking, and then any special attractions that we might want to showcase that we don’t have space for,” Garland said of the 23-acre parking lot.
There are, at present, no plans to tear the buildings down or do anything new with the property aside from remove nonessential scrap, the media specialist added.
“We’re continuing to work with our development group,” he said.