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January 24, 2023

LEGO leaving Enfield for new U.S. HQ in Boston

CoStar Lego's headquarters at 100 Print Shop Road in Enfield.

The LEGO Group will be leaving Enfield for Boston, the company announced today.

The LEGO Group, which has called Enfield its regional home for more than 50 years, has picked Boston for its future head office in the Americas. The company said it will move its current office from Enfield to Boston by the end of 2026, with the move beginning in mid-2025.

The company said that all 740 employees based in Enfield will have a position in Boston and will receive relocation assistance if they want to move. Those who choose not to relocate will get financial support and job-placement assistance from LEGO, the company said.

“Boston is ranked one of the best cities in the world to attract and retain talent. This, along with its world-class academic institutions, skilled workforce and great quality of life makes it an ideal location for our US head office,” Skip Kodak, president of the LEGO Group in the Americas, said in a statement.

Officials from Enfield said the town was informed of LEGO's move the morning of the announcement.

"Enfield has been their home for almost 50 years and we were sorry to hear this news," Enfield Mayor Bob Cressotti said in a statement. "But, on the other side, we were relieved to hear that all employees were being retained, and those who choose not to will be eligible for job transition assistance."

Until the move begins in about 18 months, LEGO employees will work across two sites – the company’s existing office in Enfield and the LEGO Education office already in Boston. The company is looking for a new office in central Boston, it said.

The LEGO Group opened its office in Enfield in 1975, originally a factory and warehouse before transitioning to office space. The building is owned by Winstanley Enterprises and is shared with Coca Cola as the other tenant.

"LEGO has been a very generous corporate citizen especially as it relates to the Family Resource Centers and we hope to continue that relationship as one of their key legacies in this area," Enfield Town Manager Ellen Zoppo-Sassu said.

In total, the Denmark-based company employs about 2,600 people in the U.S.

Public officials reacted quickly to LEGO's decision. 

“I am disappointed to hear today’s news, but I am confident in Connecticut’s ability to attract and retain companies that value our competitive advantages in education, workforce, and quality of life," Gov. Ned Lamont said. "We are seeing these advantages resonate more and more in industries such as advanced manufacturing, life sciences, and fintech. Based on my conversations this morning with LEGO’s leadership, their move is motivated not by any Connecticut policy but rather LEGO’s desire to consolidate their business operations near the company’s Education Office and to enhance their partnership with MIT."

“My office has a great working relationship with LEGO and its workforce in Enfield, so I’m very disappointed by today’s news,” said U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney. “This announcement reflects a broader shift by LEGO around the globe to focus more on e-commerce and digital marketing, and to move themselves into denser urban areas such as Boston, London, and Singapore. In the meantime, it is important that the State of Connecticut — whose labor market has tens of thousands of job openings — connect this highly talented workforce to great career opportunities that exist in our region, from clean energy production, to all sorts of advanced manufacturing and engineering, and more."

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