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Toy train maker Lionel has moved its headquarters from New York City to Concord. The 114-year old company already had operations in Cabarrus County, and the company president says they made the move to bring the home base to Concord because there was plenty of facility space, a good quality of life for employees, and a foundation already built with Lionel NASCAR Collectibles.

In late 2010, Lionel acquired the rights to make NASCAR replica race car die-casts. Lionel's president says the train side of Lionel's operations has been spread out in recent years across different states, so when the company was looking for a central location, he says the Concord facility, with its already established operation and space to expand, was the right fit. Howard Hitchcock, President of Lionel, said, “Concord offered a great place for people to live, a wealth of employees to draw from, a great employment pool.”

Lionel has 85 employees with plans to hire more workers, eventually bringing the total to about 110 employees. The company plans to move its customer service center from Ohio to Concord by the end of the year.

Tom Funesti, Director of Mass Market Sales for Lionel, moved from the New York office to Concord for the job. He said, “Really it’s been a positive experience for myself, my family. My kids are assimilating to the schools, and obviously, the weather’s great.”

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