The Delaware economy is comprised of diverse, thriving industries that give the Fist State a strong, competitive edge.
World-renowned automotive companies have made Delaware a base for manufacturing and distribution.
Volkswagen is the Port of Wilmington 's biggest tenant with 100,000 cars coming through this major hub annually. General Motors has enjoyed a long history with the state, including its latest made-in-Delaware product, the Pontiac Solstice. And, Daimler Chrysler's Durango continues to roll off the assembly line exclusively in Newark , Delaware .
Financial Services and Insurance
Financial services leaders are major players in Delaware 's vibrant economy.
MBNA chose Delaware for its corporate headquarters, and other companies, including J. P Morgan Chase, Bank One, Discover Bank, ING Direct, Juniper Bank and Bank of America Card Services, have major operations in Delaware .
Every year more than 12 million visitors experience the Delaware diff erence, contributing $1.6 billion to the economy. Visitors enjoy the state's recreational activities, museums and cultural offerings, as well as tax free shopping, sporting events, and pristine beaches. Key destinations include Winterthur - an American Country Estate, Dover Downs Entertainment, Fort Delaware and the many trails, open spaces and waterways in Delaware 's parks.
Delaware 's chemical industry is the state's leading exporter and includes approximately 49 firms that employ one-third of Delaware 's manufacturing workforce. Leading international companies have long been part of Delaware 's chemical industry base. These include DuPont, Hercules, ICI, Honeywell, INVISTA, SPI Polyols and FMC biopolymers. The industry is highly innovative and technologically advanced and makes significant expenditures on research and development.
Life Sciences and Biotechnology
Life science is an industry with long-standing roots in Delaware , and an evolution in the state that spans 200 years. Originally steeped in the research and development of the gunpowder industry through the DuPont company's efforts on the Brandywine River , the life sciences industry has since transformed into a diverse sector. Delaware 's current life science enterprises produce diagnostic and analytical equipment, medical devices, biological products, information technology and pharmaceuticals. Some of the key life sciences companies include W.L. Gore, Agilent, and AstraZeneca.
Delaware is an excellent environment for companies involved in biotechnology. The Delaware Technology Park houses Fraunhofer USA , a molecular biotech company that develops processes for making proteins in plants for use in vaccines. Companies needing wet lab space will find excellent resources at the Delaware Technology Park .
Culture, Entertainment and Dining.
During the summer months, you can explore Delaware's exquisite beaches and join visitors from all over the world. Rehoboth, Lewes, Bethany, and Dewey are just a few of the First State's beaches providing surf, sand, and entertainment. At many of Delaware's state parks, you can relax by hiking and biking our trails, taking nature walks, going fishing in the surf, and much more. Bargains beckon at the Tanger Outlets of Rehoboth with thousands of name brand retail stores. Remember, you'll pay no sales tax in Delaware, known as the "Home of Tax-Free Shopping."
If it's late-night fun you're looking for, there's every venue available, from Kahunaville in Wilmington to the Bottle and Cork in Dewey Beach, offering every form of music and entertainment. Visit Delaware Park, Midway Slots, and Dover Downs Entertainment, not just for the harness racing and slot machines, but for nearly nightly entertainment by some of the biggest names in show business. Known in auto racing circles as the "Monster Mile," Dover Downs plays host twice a year to NASCAR Winston Cup stock car races, the Busch Grand National and Craftsman Truck racing teams.
If sports is more what you want, the Wilmington Blue Rocks professional baseball team plays a full season at Frawley Stadium in Wilmington. On the college level, the University of Delaware's Fightin' Blue Hens and the Delaware State University Hornets provide baseball, football, and basketball action year `round.
You'll discover a wealth of golf courses throughout Delaware's three counties; each course more challenging than the next.
Experience Civil War history with Fort Delaware's acclaimed Living History Program. Spend a day on Pea Patch Island exploring ramparts, soldier's quarters, parade grounds, gun emplacements and much more.
For military history, visit Dover Air Force Base, home of the free world's largest airplane, the C-5 Galaxy, and the Air Mobility Command Museum, featuring everything from biplanes to bombers to giant cargo jets. This award-winning museum also features one of the largest collections of Medal of Honor memorabilia in the world.
Set among spectacular French formal gardens, Nemours Mansion & Gardens, a Carrere and Hastings designed Louis XVI-style chateau, was built for Alfred I. duPont, and contains 102 rooms furnished with fine examples of antique furniture, rare rugs, tapestries and outstanding works of art.
Winterthur-an American Country Estate is the home to Henry Francis du Pont's unsurpassed collection of antiques and Americana, and a glorious 60-acre naturalistic garden.
The Hagley Museum is where the DuPont story begins in Delaware, featuring the original mills, estate and gardens on the banks of the Brandywine River.
Dining in Delaware is an experience that will please, no matter how particular your palate. From the exquisite meals of the Green Room in the Hotel duPont to the hot, fresh french fries on the boardwalk at Rehoboth Beach, Delaware serves up something for everyone.