JEGS Automotive marks their 60th Anniversary this year and will be celebrating with a variety of themed racecars competing on the NHRA drag racing circuit.

Jeg Coughlin

As a hot rod enthusiast frustrated by the unavailability of quality car parts in his Midwest hometown, Jeg Coughlin decided to create a solution. In 1960, he launched JEGS Automotive out of 4,000 square foot shop in Columbus, Ohio.

The first store was half garage, half parts store. Jeg worked on hot rod engines for friends part-time, filling the remaining time hunting down the best performance parts in the country to sell at his shop. With a little ingenuity and a lot of hard work, Jeg soon became the guy everyone wanted to see for performance car parts.

“Dad has always been the best teacher I’ve ever known, he is an exceptional father and a wonderful businessman and counsel and although he likes to give credit to everyone else, without him none of this would be possible. He had a simple philosophy very early on and we’ve pretty much just stuck to it. He always says, ‘Keep it simple. Give the customers what they want, when they want it, at a great price, and back it up with the best customer service in the business.’ Through all the growth, we’ve kept to that line of thinking.”

John Coughlin

In the early 1990’s, Jeg transitioned the business to his four sons John, Troy, Mike and Jeg,Jr. Under the son’s leadership, the business evolved from a renowned local shop & parts store to an industry-leading mail order giant.

The 4,000 square foot shop was replaced with a 10,000 square foot warehouse, a chassis a shop, a call center, and a retail store. JEGS Automotive now ships out more than a million packages a year to customers. There are more than 400 associates working at the company headquarters, manning the 225,000-square-foot warehouse, distribution center and two call centers.