Wednesday, July 6, 2022

LEGO Will Build Its First U.S. Manufacturing Facility In Richmond Area

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RICHMOND-LEGO Group has plans to build its first manufacturing plant in America, which will be located in Chesterfield County just outside of Richmond.

The 1.7 million-square-foot facility will cost more than $1 billion and create more than 1,760 new jobs for the area. The news was first announced on Wednesday, June 15.

“The LEGO Group’s decision to establish its U.S. manufacturing plant in Virginia shines a global spotlight on the advantages that make the commonwealth the best business location in the nation, and we look forward to a long and successful partnership with this iconic company,” said Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin in a release.

The project is the effort of the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, Chesterfield County, the Greater Richmond Partnership, and the General Assembly’s Major Employment and Investment Project Approval Commission, who worked collaboratively to bring the new LEGO plant to Virginia.

“We were impressed with all that Virginia has to offer, from access to a skilled workforce, support for high-quality manufacturers, and great transport links,” said Niels B. Christiansen, CEO of the LEGO Group. “We appreciate support for our ambition to build a carbon-neutral run facility and construct a solar park and are looking forward to building a great team with support from the Virginia Talent Accelerator Program.”

The LEGO Group will be able to receive an MEI custom performance grant of $56 million based on its investment of more than $1 billion and the creation of its new jobs as well as site development improvements, which are estimated to be roughly $19 million. All are subject to approval by the Virginia General Assembly.

The LEGO Group was first founded in Denmark in 1932. LEGO products are currently sold in more than 130 countries across the globe. The new LEGO plant will be located in Meadowville Technology Park along Courthouse Road in Chesterfield.

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