is renowned worldwide for its construction of sailing boats and yachts, with a long history of wins and awards. In 1884, Benjamin Beneteau, a qualified ship building worker, decides to build fishing trawlers and opens Beneteau Boatyards in the town of Croix-de-Vie in France. In the mid sixties Benjamin's grandchildren Annette Bénéteau Roux and her brother André Bénéteau introduced a line of fiberglass boats. Madame Roux is still active in leadership. Today, the locations where Beneteau boatbuilding occurs are five factories in the Vendee area of France, and one factory in Marion, South Carolina. The Beneteau group includes other yachting companies of CNB, and Wauquiez. Beneteau yachts lead the yacht building industry in offshore miles. Beneteau builds several lines of sailing boats/yachts, including the First line of 21 to 48 foot cruiser/racers, the Oceanis Clipper cruising line from 32 feet to 46 feet, and a custom series of 50 and 57 foot-long yachts. Beneteau has five factories in the Vendée department of France and one US plant in Marion, South Carolina. The Beneteau USA plant opened in 1986; since then the factory has nearly doubled in size to about 250,000 square feet (23,000 m2), with roughly $25 million of total capital invested in the US. This is considered to be an advanced marine factory; it is newer than most of its competitor's factories.