ENFIELD, Conn. (WTNH) — LEGO officials announced that the company will be clearing out of its Enfield office by the end of 2026.

The Enfield office is the company’s current head office in the Americas, according to LEGO. Now, LEGO stated that it would be relocating its head offices to Boston, Massachusetts.

President of the LEGO Group in the Americas, Skip Kodak, said this move would support the company’s long-term goals.

“Boston is ranked one of the best cities in the world to attract and retain talent,” Kodak said. “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. We have exciting plans for the next phase of growth and hope we can retain many of our current team, as well as attract new colleagues.”

LEGO office in Enfield (Image provided by LEGO)

The transition is expected to begin by mid-2025 and should be finished by the end of 2026. All Enfield employees — more than 700 full-time staff — are offered a position at the next location in Boston, and LEGO has offered relocation assistance for those who wish to make a move, the company said.

Gov. Ned Lamont (D-Conn.) said while he is disappointed that LEGO is moving from Enfield, he is “confident in Connecticut’s ability to attract and retain companies that value our competitive advantages in education, workforce, and quality of life.”

“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,” Lamont said.

Adam Joseph, a spokesman for Lamont, said Tuesday night that LEGO didn’t consider any offers to stay.

“At no point during our engagement process were we given an opportunity to present a proposal to LEGO,” Joseph said.

Rep. Joe Courtney (CT-02) said he is “very disappointed” by the news.

“This change will be a four-year process, and my office has been assured that over that time, employees will be given a chance to retain their positions in Boston if they choose. 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,” Courtney said. “My office will be monitoring this process closely with state and local officials to make sure LEGO employees in north central Connecticut are treated properly, and that they’ve got access to every opportunity for skills training and other forms of transitional support.”

The LEGO Group opened its office in Enfield in 1975.

David Cadden, a professor emeritus of entrepreneurship and strategy at Quinnipiac University, said that LEGO’s rationale is similar to the explanation General Electric gave when moving to Boston.

“I’m more concerned with providing a much more business-friendly environment to start-ups and small businesses,” Cadden said. “I think there’s quite a bit that the state could do in order to make it a more attractive environment to those two groupings.”