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Richmond, Virginia – Lego announced today that in fact it will now invest over $1 billion dollars into a new facility in Virginia. Chesterfield County will be home to the ground up new construction Lego production facility.
Boasting carbon neutrality 100% of the facility’s energy requirements will be conveyed via the sites proposed solar array. As part of Lego’s sustainability goals the company stated the site was planned and designed to operate on renewables, minimize consumption and minimize overall use of non-renewable energy sources.
“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.”
-Niels B. Christiansen – CEO – LEGO Group
Lego is no stranger to not only producing products with renewable initiatives but also brings it to business system design and processes. Lego’s other recent project in Vietnam was the companies first step toward 100% carbon neutrality.
Lego Virginia Deal Facts
- Lego Investment of $1,000,000,000.00 spread over 10 years
- 1760 new jobs to be created over 10 years
- Purchase of 340 acres in Chesterfield County, Virginia
- New Construction of a new 1.7 Million square foot facility for production and materials management.
- Lego Virginia’s construction project timeline is to span from fall 2022 through at least 2025
LEGO is also expanding facilities and factories in Europe and China. The Group also announced plans to build a factory in Vietnam in December 2021 to support future Asian growth.
In the United States, where it has been in business since the 1960s, the LEGO Group currently employs approximately 2,600 people. Demand for Lego products has continued through the pandemic.
Its US headquarters are in Enfield, Connecticut, and the company operates 100 LEGO-branded stores across the country.
“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.”
Carsten Rasmussen – Chief Operations Officer – LEGO Group
PHOTO CREDITS: Courtesy of Lego Group