Groupe-Beneteau Announces Reopening of South Carolina Production Facility

The facility in Marion, South Carolina, which produces Beneteau and Jeanneau sailboats, had been closed due to COVID-19.

Sunsail 46
A new Sunsail 46 (Beneteau 46.1) at the Marion, South Carolina, production facility.Paul Fenn

Groupe-Beneteau is pleased to announce that they have reopened their production facility in Marion, South Carolina, as of Monday, May 4, 2020. The plant had been closed for several weeks due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The company has elected to implement a gradual restart to make it easier to comply with the CDC, South Carolina’s State Laws, and corporate policies.

“Groupe-Beneteau has put many protective measures in place, keeping each employee’s safety at the forefront of importance.” says Yannick Madiot, COO.

“We have special stations set up for truck drivers and other suppliers to enter the property and before our doors open on Monday morning, each employee will have been issued their PPE (personal protective equipment) including face mask, and personal bottles of hand sanitizer. In addition, we have constructed specially designed hygiene stations which are located throughout the production floor.”

BGM (Groupe-Beneteau Manufacturing) opened its doors in 1986 for the sole purpose of producing cruising sailboats for the North American market. Today, the facility is building both Beneteau and Jeanneau sailboats from 34 to 46 feet.

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