LEGO plans to invest more than $1 billion to build a manufacturing plant in the United States near Richmond, the capital of Virginia, according to Governor Glenn Youngkin
“Excited to officially welcome @LEGO_Group to Virginia,” Youngkin tweeted. “They will invest over $1 billion to build its first manufacturing facility in Chesterfield County, creating over 1,760 new jobs. We look forward to a successful partnership.”
He added, “The LEGO Group’s decision to establish its American manufacturing plant in Virginia highlights the advantages that make the Commonwealth the best business location in the country, and we look forward to a long and successful partnership with this emblematic company. ”
The Virginia factory, which is expected to open in 2025, will be the LEGO Group’s seventh factory worldwide and second in the Americas, joining a site in Mexico, according to a company press release.
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The 1.7 million square foot Virginia factory, featuring a carbon-neutral design, will mold, process and package LEGO products and ensure they meet the company’s safety and quality requirements .
It will be located in a public industrial park in Chesterfield County, about 20 miles south of Richmond off Interstate 95. All of its daily power needs will be met by renewable energy generated by an on-site solar farm, a promised the company. .
“We were impressed with everything Virginia has to offer, from access to a skilled workforce, to high-quality manufacturer support, and excellent transportation connections,” said Niels Christiansen, CEO of the family business based in Billund, Denmark. A declaration. “We appreciate the support for our ambition to build a carbon-neutral operating facility and build a solar farm and look forward to building a great team.”
The company will be eligible for a range of taxpayer-funded incentives, including a performance-based grant of $56 million and site development improvements subject to legislative approval estimated to cost $19 million. dollars, according to a press release.
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Construction is expected to begin this fall, and a temporary packing site will open in an existing building nearby in early 2024, creating up to 500 jobs, according to the company’s press release.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.