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                             DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE 
                           Foreign-Trade Zones Board 
 
                               [Docket No. 18-80] 
 
                                  45 FR 81636 
 
                               December 11, 1980 

Foreign-Trade Zone No. 41, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Application for Expansion 
of Existing General-Purpose Zone and Establishment of Subzones  

TEXT: Notice is hereby given that an application has been submitted to the 
Foreign-Trade Zones Board (the Board) by the Foreign-Trade Zone of 
Wisconsin, Ltd. (WFTZ), a Wisconsin corporation and grantee of Foreign-
Trade Zone No. 41, requesting authority to expand its general-purpose zone 
in the Northwestern Industrial Park in Milwaukee to include three 
additional sites, and to establish special-purpose subzones in Kenosha and 
Manitowoc, Wisconsin, within the Racine and Manitowoc Customs ports of 
entry. The application was submitted pursuant to the provisions of the 
Foreign-Trade Zones Act of 1934, as amended (19 U.S.C. 81a-81u), and the 
regulations of the Board (15 CFR Part 400). It was formally filed on 
November 25, 1980. Foreign-Trade Zone of Wisconsin, Ltd. was established 
in 1977 as Foreign-Trade Zone of Greater Milwaukee, Inc. under Chapter 
180 of the Wisconsin Statutes for the purpose of establishing and 
operating a foreign-trade zone. The corporation changed its name to its 
current one on December 5, 1979. It is authorized to make this proposal 
under Chapter 110 of the Wisconsin Laws of 1977, approved October 13, 1977.  

   Zone No. 41 was authorized by the Board on September 29, 1978 (Board 
Order 136) as a warehouse/distribution and assembly facility on a 5.8-acre 
site within the 650-acre Northwestern Industrial Park, owned by the City 
of Milwaukee. The grantee constructed a 47,000 square foot warehouse on 
the site and activated the zone in late 1979. 

   The application requests authority for the expansion of Zone No. 41 to 
include three parcels of 6, 11, and 23 acres within the industrial park. 
The 6-acre site, located at 8501 W. Tower, adjacent to the approved site, 
is owned and occupied by H. Barkow, Inc. Barkow customizes truck and 
industrial vehicle chassis by adding special cabs, racks, boxes, lifts 
and other equipment to suit customers' specific needs. The company 
purchases domestic and imported chassis and domestic fabricated steel, 
finishes and assembles the steel parts, and attaches the assembled 
equipment to the chassis. A portion of the finished vehicles are 
expected to be exported from, the zone. 
 
   The 11-acre site, located at W. Calumet and N. 81st Streets, will 
contain the operations of Schmidt Engineering and Equipment Co., Ltd., a 
subsidiary of Ing. Alfred Schmidt GMBH of West Germany. Schmidt plans to 
use the zone to assemble utility vehicles for snow removal, weed cutting, 
hoisting and excavation through use of interchangable attachments. The 
company expects to import Mercedes truck chassis through J. I. Case, 
import the attachment components for the equipment from its parent 
company in Germany, and assemble the equipment. Schmidt proposes to 
export a portion of the finished products. The zone site is owned by the 
city and will be leased to Schmidt. 

   The 23-acre site, located on West Bradley Rd. between 86th and 87th 
Streets, has been designated for expansion, since the existing 5.8-acre 
general-purpose site cannot accommodate the number of firms currently 
considering use of the zone. The site will be activated as needed. 

   The special-purpose subzone in Kenosha would be for the American Motors 
Corporation (AMC) assembly plant. It will consist of four sites: the main 
plant at 5626 -- 26th Avenue, Kenosha; the Lakefront Plant, 5th Avenue and 
57th Street; the automotive shipping headquarters on 60th Street; and the 
Motor Transport Garage, at highways 158 and 192. The four sites operate 
as one integrated assembly facility known as the AMC Kenosha plant. They 
constitute all the property owned by AMC in Kenosha. Beginning in 1982 AMC 
plans to use the plant to assemble Renault automobiles from imported and 
domestically-produced components, gradually increasing its use of domestic 
parts.  
 
   The special-purpose subzone in Manitowoc would be for the operations of 
Muskegon Piston Ring Company, Inc., Wausau Division, located at 2318 Waldo 
Blvd., Muskegon, Wisconsin. The company is a wholly-owned subsidiary of 
Goetze A.G. of West Germany. The Manitowoc facility consists of a single 
building purchased from the Oil-Rite Corporation. Muskegon is planning to 
use this plant to machine circular iron castings into piston rings through 
grinding, turning, milling and coating operations. Because of materials 
not commercially available in the U.S., some of the castings will be 
imported. The company expects to export about one-third of the finished 
products. 

   In accordance with the Board's regulations, an examiners committee has 
been appointed to investigate the application and report thereon to the 
Board. The committee consists of Ben L. Irvin (Chairman), Deputy Director, 
Office of Compliance, Import Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 
Washington, D.C. 20230; W. David Stevens, District Director, U.S. Customs 
Service, 628 East Michigan Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202; and Lt. 
Colonel Howard N. Nicholas, District Engineer, U.S. Army Engineer 
District Chicago, 219 South Dearborn Street, Chicago, Illinois 53202. 
 
   As part of its investigation, the Examiners Committee will hold a 
public hearing on January 8, 1981, beginning at 9:00 a.m., at the 
Milwaukee Area Technical College, Technical Building Auditorium, 1101 
North 6th Street, Milwaukee. The purpose of the hearing is to help 
inform interested persons about the proposal, to provide an opportunity 
for their expression of views, and to obtain information useful to the 
examiners. 

   Interested parties are invited to present their views at the hearing. 
They should notify the Board's Executive Secretary of their desire to 
be heard in writing at the address below or by phone (202/377-2862) by 
January 2, 1981. Instead of an oral presentation, written statements 
may be submitted in accordance with the Board's regulations to the 
examiners committee, care of the Executive Secretary at any time from 
the date of this notice through February 6, 1981. Evidence submitted 
during the post-hearing period is not desired unless it is clearly shown 
that the matter is new and material and that there are good reasons why 
it could not be presented at the hearing. A copy of the application and 
accompanying exhibits will be available during this time for public 
inspection at each of the following locations: 
 
 
U.S. Department of Commerce District Office, 
Federal Building, U.S. Courthouse, 
517 East Wisconsin Ave., Room 606, 
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202.  
 
 
Office of the Executive Secretary, 
Foreign-Trade Zones Board, 
U.S. Department of Commerce, Room 2006, 
14th and Constitution Ave., N.W., 
Washington, D.C. 20230.  
 
   Dated: December 5, 1980. 
 
John J. Da Ponte, Jr., 
 
   Executive Secretary.  
[FR Doc. 80-38384 Filed 12-10-80; 8:45 am]