State Secretary Tamás Menczer spoke about the importance of preserving and creating jobs during times of crisis at the Lego factory in Nyíregyháza.
“The Hungarian government’s policy in any time of crisis is to support job preservation and job creation through investment,” State Secretary Tamás Menczer said at a ceremony marking the expansion of the Lego factory in Nyíregyháza, Northeastern Hungary on Tuesday.
The politician, responsible for bilateral relations at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, said that “foreign companies and investors regularly choose Hungary, taking into account political stability, excellent infrastructure, talented and hard-working employees, a favorable, investment-friendly economic environment, and energy security.”
The Danish toy company’s development is worth HUF 53 billion (EUR 126.5 million), with the Hungarian state providing HUF 5.85 billion (EUR 14.2 million).
Denmark is Hungary’s 20th largest investment partner, and the government currently has strategic cooperation agreements with three companies, Lego in Nyíregyháza, Coloplast in nearby Nyírbátor, and Grundfos in Tatabánya, near Budapest.
Speaking about the factory expansion in Nyíregyháza, he said that the current 160,000 square meter plant will be expanded by 72,000 square meters of new construction. Production is scheduled to start in 2023 in the new units.
Following the expansion, Lego will create an additional 250 jobs in Nyíregyháza, bringing the total number of people employed at the factory to almost 3,500, confirmed factory director Chresten Bruun.
Speaking about the city’s largest employer, Mayor Ferenc Kovács stressed that Lego is a real success story in Nyíregyháza, but it is also a success for the city, as the expansion is a signal that the world-famous company feels at home there and is planning for the long term.
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