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According to Gov. Glenn Youngkin, LEGO plans to invest more than $1 billion to build a US manufacturing facility near Virginia’s capital, Richmond
“Excited to officially welcome @LEGO_Group to Virginia,” Youngkin tweeted. “They will invest over $1 billion to build their first manufacturing facility in Chesterfield County and create over 1,760 new jobs. We look forward to a successful partnership.”
Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin announces the arrival of LEGO in his state. ([email protected] / Fox News)
He added, “The LEGO Group’s decision to locate its US manufacturing facility in Virginia shines a global spotlight on the benefits that make the Commonwealth the nation’s premier place to do business, and we look forward to a long and fruitful partnership with them legendary company. ”
Expected to open in 2025, the Virginia factory 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 facility in Virginia, with a carbon-neutral design, will form, process and package LEGO products, ensuring they meet the company’s safety and quality requirements.
It will be located in a public industrial park in Chesterfield County, approximately 20 miles south of Richmond off Interstate 95. All daily energy needs are met by renewable energy generated by an on-site solar farm, the company said.
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“We were impressed with everything Virginia has to offer, from access to a skilled workforce to support for quality manufacturers and great transportation links,” Niels Christiansen, CEO of the family-owned company, which is headquartered in Billund, Denmark, said in a statement. “We appreciate the support for our quest to build a carbon neutral facility and deploy a solar farm and look forward to building a great team.”
The company is eligible for a number of taxpayer-funded incentives, including a $56 million performance-based grant and site development improvements pending regulatory approval, which are estimated to cost up to $19 million, according to a press release.
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Construction is expected to start this fall, and a temporary packaging site will open in early 2024 in an existing building nearby, which will create up to 500 jobs, according to the company’s press release.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.