The first Lego factory in the United States arrives in Virginia

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RICHMOND — The Lego Group on Wednesday announced plans to build a billion-dollar precision manufacturing plant in Chesterfield County, south of Richmond, to make its famous tiny plastic bricks.

The 1.7 million square foot factory is expected to create more than 1,760 jobs over 10 years, according to a press release from Governor Glenn Youngkin (R), who joined company officials to announce the project at the Science Museum of Virginia.

“The LEGO Group’s decision to establish its US manufacturing facility in Virginia highlights the benefits that make the Commonwealth the best shopping location in the country, and we look forward to a long and successful partnership with this company. iconic,” Youngkin said. in a written statement.

Youngkin thanked a bipartisan group of lawmakers in the General Assembly for helping seal the deal by backing an incentive package. The company would be eligible for a $56 million performance grant if it achieves promised investment and employment levels, and the state would support site improvements worth up to $19 million, Youngkin’s office said.

These incentives are subject to the approval of the plenary General Assembly, which could address them on Friday during a session on the biennial state budget.

Lego Group said in a press release that construction on the 340-acre site will begin later this year. The project will move forward in stages, the company said, and the plant is expected to open in the second half of 2025. It is designed to be carbon neutral and run entirely on renewable energy, the company said.

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The plant will be the company’s seventh in the world and the first in the United States. Lego is based in Denmark.

“We look forward to manufacturing LEGO bricks in the United States, one of our largest markets,” said general manager Niels B. Christiansen in the press release. “The Virginia location allows us to build a solar farm that supports our sustainability ambitions and provides easy connections to nationwide transportation networks. We also look forward to creating fantastic employment opportunities for the people of Virginia.

Christiansen praised the state’s skilled workforce and transportation links. The Chesterfield site, between Richmond and Petersburg, is close to major highways, rail lines and an inland port on the James River.

State lawmakers touted the announcement as a sign of economic health, especially following recent decisions by two major aerospace and defense contractors — Boeing and Raytheon — to locate their headquarters in Arlington.

“The future economic impact of the LEGO Group’s American manufacturing facility in Chesterfield County cannot be overstated, and we are thrilled to welcome this global homeware brand to Virginia,” said Senator Janet D. Howell (D-Fairfax), who heads a commission. which is reviewing key economic development proposals, said in the state press release.

Of the. Board Vice Chairman Barry D. Knight (R-Virginia Beach) joined her in hailing the announcement as a “landmark victory for Virginia.”