LEGO Systems, Inc. again is building on its presence in Enfield.
The Danish toymaker is leasing another 80,200 square feet of space in Enfield Business Park and plans to hire 65 for jobs in sales, marketing, finance and other professional positions by the end of the year. LEGO now employs about 600 in Enfield, about 100 more than in 2010.
In the next few years, it is possible that LEGO could add as many as 250 new employees in Enfield, the location of its North American corporate headquarters, said Michael McNally, a LEGO spokesman.
In the 1990s, LEGO had about 1,200 employees in Enfield on a sprawling, 203-acre, company-owned campus with about 0ne million square feet of office, industrial and warehouse space. But LEGO later moved industrial operations to Mexico and other locations, keeping its administrative functions, sales and marketing in Enfield.
In 2007, LEGO sold the campus and leased back 150,000 square feet of space. Today — amid strong growth in its U.S. business — LEGO now leases 400,000 square feet in two buildings in the business park.
LEGO’s corporate headquarters is in the 105,000-square foot “Compass House;” and with the latest lease, LEGO occupies about 300,000 square feet in its former manufacturing facility, about half the building.
In 2012, LEGO said it saw its eighth consecutive year of double-digit U.S. consumer sales growth. Year-over-year U.S. consumer sales jumped 26 percent to $1.32 billion. LEGO’s share of the total U.S. toy market rose to 7.9 percent, up from 6.3 percent in 2011. LEGO said its share of the total U.S. toy market has quadrupled in five years.
Enfield Business Park, owned in a partnership by Hackman Capital, Calare Properties and KBS Real Estate Investment Trust, is now fully occupied with the exception of 40,000 square feet, the owners said. Other major tenants include Advance Auto Parts and Coca-Cola.