Lego Group – the family-owned company headquartered in Denmark – has announced plans to build a new $1 billion factory in Chesterfield County, Virginia, to expand Lego’s global manufacturing network, shorten the supply chain, and support long-term growth in the Americas.
The 1.7 million-square-foot factory will also operate as a carbon-neutral facility with 100 percent of its day-to-day energy needs matched by renewable energy generated by an onsite solar park. In addition, like all Lego facilities, it will use state-of-the-art technology to mold, process, and pack Lego products to ensure they meet the company’s rigorous safety and quality requirements.
Fun Fact: Each Lego brick is molded to the accuracy of a hair’s width (0.005mm) to guarantee the perfect “clutch power” that holds Lego creations together.
“This is an exciting step for the Lego Group,” said Lego Group CEO Niels B. Christiansen. “More and more families are falling in love with Lego building, and we are looking forward to making Lego bricks in the U.S., one of our largest markets. The location in Virginia [also] provides easy links to country-wide transportation networks.”
Construction on the Virginia factory – Lego Group’s seventh factory globally and the second in the Americas – will begin in fall 2022, with production projected to start in the second half of 2025. In addition, Lego’s manufacturing site in Mexico will be expanded and upgraded to meet the growing demand for Lego products in the U.S.
“Our factories are located close to our biggest markets, which shortens the distance our products have to travel, [allowing] us to rapidly respond to changing consumer demand and manage our carbon footprint,” explained Lego Group COO Carsten Rasmussen. “Our new factory in the U.S. and expanded capacity at our existing site in Mexico means we will be able to best support long-term growth in the Americas..”
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.
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