LEGO Plans $1B Virginia Factory
June 23, 2022
LEGO Group plans to invest more than US$1 billion to
build a new factory in Chesterfield County, Virginia.
Once completed, the 1.7 million square foot (160,000m2 )
facility will employ more than 1,760 people.
The factory will be designed to operate as a
carbon-neutral facility. 100 percent of its day-to-day
energy needs will be matched by renewable energy
generated by an onsite solar park. The site will also be
designed to minimise energy consumption and use of
Niels B. Christiansen, CEO, the LEGO Group said: “This
is an exciting step for the LEGO Group. More and more
families are falling in love with LEGO® building and we
are looking forward to making LEGO bricks in the US, one
of our largest markets. The location in Virginia allows
us to build a solar park which supports our
sustainability ambitions and provides easy links to
country-wide transportation networks. We are also
looking forward to creating fantastic employment
opportunities for the people of Virginia.”
Construction will commence in fall 2022 with production
projected to start in the second half of 2025. A
temporary packaging site will open in an existing
building nearby in early 2024 and create up to 500 jobs.
The Virginia factory will be the LEGO Group’s seventh
factory globally and the second in the Americas. The
company’s manufacturing site in Monterrey, Mexico
primarily supplies the US market and will be expanded
and upgraded to meet growing demand for LEGO products.
Carsten Rasmussen, Chief Operations Officer, the LEGO
Group said: “Our factories are located close to our
biggest markets which shortens the distance our products
have to travel. This allows us to rapidly respond to
changing consumer demand and helps manage our carbon
footprint. Our new factory in the US and expanded
capacity at our existing site in Mexico means we will be
able to best support long-term growth in the Americas.
We are fortunate to find a location where we can begin
construction quickly and create temporary capacity in
under two years.”
new factory in Virginia, like all LEGO facilities, will
use state-of-the-art technology to mould, process and
pack LEGO products and ensure they meet the company’s
rigorous safety and quality requirements.
“Our bricks are made to last for generations, so we need
skilled employees trained to work with precision
moulding technology. We look forward to working with the
Virginia Talent Accelerator programme to help build a
great team who are motivated by our mission to inspire
and develop the builders of tomorrow,” said Mr
LEGO factories in Europe and China are also being
expanded, and in December 2021, the Group announced
plans to build a factory in Vietnam to support further
growth in Asia.
The LEGO Group currently employs approximately 2,600
people in the US where it has been operating since the
1960s. Its US head office is in Enfield, CT, and
operates 100 LEGO branded stores across the country.