Lego's $1 billion U.S. manufacturing site is now officially under construction.
Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin, state economic development executives and local officials joined Lego executives April 13 for a groundbreaking event for the Lego plant in Chester, Va. When completed, the 1.7 million-square-foot molding, processing and packing plant is expected to employ more than 1,700 people and be the Danish toymaker's first U.S. manufacturing plant since it ended operations in Connecticut in 2006.
When it opens, it will supplement production for the U.S. toy demand that had been filled from a site in Monterrey, Mexico.
"The U.S. is a very important market for the Lego Group. We've grown rapidly during the past four years, and we expect to see this demand continue as we increase availability across the country and attract new builders to Lego play," Chief Operating Officer Carsten Rasmussen told Plastics News when the company first announced its plans in 2022.
Lego expects to begin limited operations in 2024 in a temporary facility with completion of the full plant in 2025, the Virginia Economic Development Partnership said in a news release.