An audacious project, production site expansion in Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie
Groupe Beneteau celebrated yesterday the laying of foundation stone of the expansion project for La Begaudiere production site located in the French town of Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie. This historic plant, built in 1981, is currently being renovated and extended.
This demanding project, that includes an extension of 13,000 sq. meters, will be carried out in only 15 months and aims at increasing the production capacity of the site. Meanwhile the plant continues with its current boatbuilding activity.
With two additional production lines, La Begaudiere plant will be able to manufacture larger sail and motor boats, up to 70 feet hull length.
The overall investment is above €14 million and will contribute to further improve working conditions for the 250 employees currently working there. Once completed in spring 2020, some 150 new direct jobs will be created locally, rising to challenges of both growth and generational transition among staff. The increase in the production capacity of La Begaudiere site will also strengthen the port activity in Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie, where the boats will be prepared and launched after their construction.
Having more than 5,000 staff members working in the French region of Vendee, Groupe Beneteau confirms its long-term presence locally, with six of its sites located in the Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie municipality communities.
- Extension of 13,000 squ. meters
- €14.4 million investment
- Creation of 150 direct jobs locally
- Overall project duration: 15 months
April 24, 2019
About Groupe Beneteau
Groupe Beneteau stands out in Europe and worldwide thanks to its longevity and its exceptionally diverse range of products.
Founded in 1884, the family-owned yard has evolved over time, from fishing vessels to leisure boating, then diversifying into new industrial sectors. The Group has developed unique skillsets and technical know-how. Today, through its Boat and Housing business lines, its activities are truly international.
As the boating industry's global market leader, Groupe Beneteau, through its Boat division’s 11 brands, offers some 180 recreational boat models serving its customers’ diverse navigational needs and uses, from sailing to motorboating, monohulls and catamarans.
Leading the European leisure homes market, the three brands from the Group's Housing division offer a comprehensive range of leisure homes, lodges and pods that combine eco-design with high standards of quality, comfort and practicality.
With its international industrial capabilities and global sales network, the Group employs nearly 7,500 people, primarily in France, the US, Poland, Italy and China.