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                             DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE 
                           Foreign-Trade Zones Board 
                               [Docket No. 7-81] 
                                  46 FR 34613 
                                  July 2, 1981 

Foreign-Trade Zone No. 55, Burlington, Vermont; Application for Special-
Purpose Subzone 

TEXT: Notice is hereby given that an application has been submitted to the 
Foreign-Trade Zones Board (the Board) by the Greater Burlington Industrial 
Corporation (GBIC), grantee of Foreign-Trade Zone No. 55, requesting 
authority to establish a special-purpose subzone for a garment 
manufacturing plant in St. Albans, Vermont, within the St. Albans Customs 
port of entry. The application was submitted pursuant to the provisions of 
the Foreign-Trade Zone 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 
June 25, 1981. 

   The Board authorized GBIC to establish a general-purpose zone on 
February 14, 1980 to serve the Greater Burlington area. It became 
operational in mid-1980. GBIC was created in 1954 as a nonprofit 
development corporation to encourage and coordinate regional public and 
private industrial development efforts. It is authorized to make this 
proposal under Section 4122, Chapter 111, Title 9 of the Vermont State 
Acts, effective March 3, 1976. 

   The applicant proposes to establish a subzone for the St. Albans plant 
of Pedigree USA, Inc., located at a 3.4-acre facility on St. Albans Town 
Highway at Highway Road. Pedigree is currently using a 17,400 square foot 
building on the site to store, repack, inspect and distribute ski wear 
produced in the Far East. Zone status would prompt the company to use the 
plant for ornamenting, finishing and other manufacturing operations now 
performed abroad by foreign contractors, and for international distribution 
currently handled by a Canadian plant. Plans call for a 40,000 square foot 
plant expansion to accommodate the additional operations. 
   Zone procedures will allow Pedigree to defer duty on inventory which it 
must hold for seasonal sales, while encouraging the company to process and 
store the garments domestically. Pedigree indicates that the duty savings 
are critical to its decision to shift manufacturing and distribution 
operations to the U.S. from abroad. The move could increase employment at 
the St. Albans plant by as much as 79 percent (65 persons) over the next 
four years, while increasing U.S. exports and reducing the value of imports.

   In accordance with the Board's regulations, an examiners committee has 
been appointed to investigate the application and report to the Board. The 
committee consists of Dennis M. Puccinelli (Chairman), International Trade 
Specialist, Foreign-Trade Zones Staff, U.S. Department of Commerce, 
Washington, D.C. 20230; Edward A. Goggin, Assistant Regional Commissioner 
(Operations), U.S. Customs Service, Region I, 100 Summer Street, Boston, 
Massachusetts 02110; and Colonel C. Ernest Edgar III, Division Engineer, 
U.S. Army Engineer Division New England, 424 Trapelo Road, Waltham, 
Massachusetts 02154. 

   Comments concerning the proposed subzone are invited in writing from 
interested persons and organizations. They should be addressed to the 
Board's Executive Secretary at the address below and postmarked on or 
before July 31, 1981. 
   A copy of the application is available for public inspection at each 
of the following locations: 
U.S. Department of Commerce District Office, 
Room 610-B, Federal Office Building, 
450 Main Street, 
Hartford, Connecticut 06103 
Office of the Executive Secretary, 
Foreign-Trade Zones Board, 
U.S. Department of Commerce, 
14th and E Streets, N.W., Room 2006, 
Washington, D.C. 20230  

   Dated: June 29, 1981. 

John J. Da Ponte, Jr., 
Executive Secretary, 
Foreign-Trade Zones Board.  

[FR Doc. 81-19391 Filed 7-1-81; 8:45 am]