The global toy manufacturer will invest more than $1 billion in a 1.7 million-square-foot precision manufacturing plant in Chesterfield County

June 15, 2022

RICHMOND, Va.—The LEGO Group will invest more than $1 billion to construct its U.S. manufacturing plant in Chesterfield County, according to releases from the offices of Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin and the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP). The company plans to construct a new 1.7 million-square-foot precision manufacturing facility in Meadowville Technology Park.

“This transformational project will create more than 1,760 jobs and bolster Virginia’s manufacturing industry, which continues its renaissance with major investments by high-caliber corporate partners like the LEGO Group,” said Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin. in the release.

The LEGO Group was founded in Billund, Denmark in 1932 by Ole Kirk Kristiansen. Although the LEGO Group remains a family-owned company that is still headquartered in Billund, its products are now sold in more than 130 countries worldwide, according to the release.

The company’s mission is to inspire and develop the builders of tomorrow through the power of play. The LEGO System in Play, with its foundation in the LEGO bricks, is said to allow children and fans to build and rebuild anything they can imagine. Time included the LEGO Group on the inaugural list of the Top 100 Influential Companies in 2021.

“The LEGO brand is a beloved brand for families across the world, [and] their substantial investment and the creation of over 1,760 new jobs is a tremendous win for Virginia and Chesterfield County,” said Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade Caren Merrick, in the release. “The Commonwealth’s commitment to infrastructure, education, and workforce is paying dividends, and we are confident the company will benefit from these efforts as it ramps up its U.S. manufacturing plant.”

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership worked with Chesterfield County, the Greater Richmond Partnership, and the General Assembly’s Major Employment and Investment Project Approval Commission to secure the project for Virginia. The LEGO Group will be eligible to receive an MEI (Major Employment and Investment) custom performance grant of $56 million, based on an investment of more than $1 billion and the creation of jobs estimated to exceed 1,760. Its eligibility to receive the grant is also based on site development improvements estimated at up to $19 million, subject to approval by the Virginia General Assembly, according to the release.

Virginia State Senator Janet Howell, chair of the Major Employment and Investment Project Approval Commission, said, “The future economic impact of the LEGO Group’s U.S. manufacturing plant in Chesterfield County cannot be overstated.”

“We are thrilled to welcome this global household brand to Virginia,” said Senator Howell. “Today’s announcement demonstrates that the Commonwealth is an ideal launch pad for major international companies entering the United States, and I commend the team that worked to ensure the LEGO Group selected Virginia. The MEI Commission is proud to play a role in this tremendous project that represents the LEGO Group’s newest chapter of growth.”

Support for the LEGO Group’s job creation will be provided through the Virginia Talent Accelerator Program, a workforce initiative created by VEDP in collaboration with the Virginia Community College System and other higher education partners. Funding support will come from the Governor’s administration and the Virginia General Assembly, according to the release.

Launched in 2019, the program accelerates new facility start-ups through the direct delivery of recruitment and training services that are fully customized to a company’s unique products, processes, equipment, standards, and culture. All program services are provided at no cost to qualified new and expanding companies as an incentive for job creation.

“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, the LEGO Group, in the release. “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.”

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