CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — On Wednesday morning, Gov. Glenn Youngkin announced that the LEGO Group will invest more than $1 billion to build its American manufacturing plant in Chesterfield County.
According to officials, the company will construct a new 1.7 million-square-foot precision manufacturing facility in Meadowville Technology Park, creating over 1,760 new jobs.
Time for some BIG building news – we’re starting work on constructing a new factory in the USA. The new site in Virginia will create more than 1760 jobs and is due to open in 2025!Tweet posted by LEGO
The LEGO Group says there will also be an onsite solar park to produce enough energy to match 100% of the factory’s requirements, making this a carbon-neutral facility.
“The LEGO Group’s decision to establish its U.S. manufacturing plant in Virginia shines a global spotlight on the advantages that make the Commonwealth the best business location in the nation, and we look forward to a long and successful partnership with this iconic company,” Youngkin said. “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. Thank you to the Senate and House leadership in partnering with our team in this process.”
“The LEGO brand is a beloved brand for families across the world, their substantial investment and the creation of over 1,760 new jobs is a tremendous win for Virginia and Chesterfield County,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Caren Merrick. “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. We are thrilled to welcome the LEGO Group to Virginia and look forward to the company’s growth in the Commonwealth and the U.S.”
According to Niels B. Christiansen, CEO of the LEGO Group, “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. 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.”
Officials say the LEGO Group was founded in Denmark in 1932 by Ole Kirk Kristiansen, adding that its name was derived from the two Danish words ’LEg GOdt,’ meaning ‘play well.’
Ninety years later, the LEGO Group is still a family-owned company headquartered in Denmark, but its products are now sold in more than 130 countries worldwide.
“The LEGO Group’s decision to expand its operations with a manufacturing plant in Chesterfield County is a testament to our Commonwealth’s highly skilled, capable workforce and the strength of Virginia’s economy,” said U.S. Rep. A. Donald McEachin (District 4). “This expansion will provide important opportunities for Virginians, creating over 1,700 new jobs in my district and stimulating economic activity in the Greater Richmond area. I look forward to the LEGO Group’s success here in the Commonwealth.”
“I am so pleased to hear that the LEGO Group will be investing a whopping $1 billion to build a new manufacturing plant at the Meadowville Technology Park in Chesterfield, Virginia,” state Sen. Joseph Morrissey said. “The over 1,760 jobs that will be created will be a breath of fresh air for the residents of Chesterfield and the surrounding localities. Lastly, I would like to personally thank both Governor Youngkin as well as the LEGO Group for making this joint decision to invest in Central Virginia.”
“I am thrilled to have the LEGO Group join our Meadowville community of businesses and residents, and I am excited for the opportunities the LEGO Group brings for high-quality jobs and economic growth in our area,” stated Del. Carrie Coyner. “We strive to be the best place to live, work, and play, and I couldn’t think of a better company to join us with its mission focused on the power of play and its commitment to over 1,700 new jobs.”
According to a statement issued by the governor’s office on Wednesday, June 15, the LEGO Group’s mission is to “inspire and develop the builders of tomorrow through the power of play,” adding that the LEGO System in Play “allows children and fans to build and rebuild anything they can imagine.”
In addition, the LEGO Group was listed on Time’s inaugural list of the Top 100 Influential Companies in 2021.
The Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) reportedly worked with Chesterfield County, the Greater Richmond Partnership, and the General Assembly’s Major Employment and Investment Project Approval Commission to secure the LEGO manufacturing plant for Virginia.
Officials say the LEGO Group will be eligible to receive an MEI custom performance grant of $56 million based on an investment of more than $1 billion and the creation of at least 1,760 jobs, as well as site development improvements estimated at up to $19 million, subject to approval by the Virginia General Assembly.
Youngkin’s office tells WFXR News that support for the LEGO Group’s employment opportunity will be provided through the Virginia Talent Accelerator Program, a workforce initiative created by VEDP alongside the Virginia Community College System and other higher education partners, with funding coming from the governor’s administration and the General Assembly.
The Virginia Talent Accelerator Program launched in 2019, aiming to accelerate 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. As an incentive to create jobs, all of these program services are provided for free to qualified new and expanding companies.
If you are interested in applying for a position at the LEGO Group’s Chesterfield County manufacturing plant, follow this link so you can receive a notification when the job applications open in late 2022 or early 2023.