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                             DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE 
                           Foreign-Trade Zones Board 
                               [Docket No. 15-83] 
                                  48 FR 22604 
                                  May 19, 1983 
Foreign-Trade Zone 43, Battle Creek, MI and Foreign-Trade Zone 29, 
Louisville, KY; Joint Application for Subzone Status for Clark Equipment 
TEXT: An application has been jointly submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones 
Board (the Board) by the BC/CAL/KAL Inland Port Authority of South Central 
Michigan Development Corporation, on behalf of the City of Battle Creek, 
grantee of Foreign-Trade Zone 43, and the Louisville and Jefferson County 
Port Authority, grantee of Foreign-Trade Zone 29, requesting special-
purpose subzone status for the forklift truck manufacturing and 
distribution facilities of Clark Equipment Company in Springfield and 
Oshtemo, Michigan, adjacent toi the Battle Creek Customs port of entry, 
and in Georgetown, Kentucky, some 65 miles from the Louisville Customs port 
of entry. 
   The application was submitted pursuant to the provisions of the 
Foreign-Trade Zones Act, as amended (19 U.S.C. 81a-81u), and the 
regulations of the Board (15 CFR Part 400). It was formally filed on May 
12, 1983. The applicants are authorized to make this proposal under Act 
154 of the Public Acts of 1963, State of Michigan, and Chapter 65.530(b) 
of the Kentucky Revised Statutes, respectively.  

   The project involves Clark's three U.S. facilities engaged in the 
manufacture and distribution of industrial forklift trucks under 5 tons. 
The Battle Creek plant covers 194 acres at 525 N. 24th Street, Springfield, 
Michigan, and produces lift-mast assemblies. Finished products are prepared 
for export at the 23-acre Oshtemo facility at 6677 Beatrice Drive, Oshtemo, 
Michigan. The Georgetown plant, which covers 97 acres at Delaplain Road 
and I-75, Georgetown, Kentucky, is Clark's forklift truck production and 
final assemble operation.  
   The three plants are part of an integrated production and distribution 
process. A variety of components, such as engines, tires, pumps, valves, 
controls, and steel are purchased for the plants from foreign and domestic 
   Zone procedures will exempt Clark from Customs duties on foreign parts 
it uses in its exports, which could account for up to 75 percent of 
production by 1986. On its domestic sales, the company would be able to 
take advantage of the same duty rates that are available to importers of 
finished forklifts. The duty rates on most forklift components range from 
2.0 to 7.5 percent, whereas the rate for complete forklifts is 2.3 percent. 
These savings are an important element in Clark's recent decision, 
following a corporate study, to inprove the cost-effectiveness of its 
domestic facilities so that they regain their competitive relationship to 
the company's overseas manufacturing operations. By continuing production 
in the U.S., Clark could save some 3,700 job.  
   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: John J. Da Ponte, Jr. (Chairman), Director, 
Foreign-Trade Zones Staff, U.S. Department of Commerce, Washington, D.C. 
20230; Richard D. Rudin, Program Analyst (Inspection & Control), U.S. 
Customs Service, North Central Region, 55 E. Monroe Street, Chicago, IL 
60603; Colonel Raymond T. Beurket, Jr., District Engineer, U.S. Army 
Engineer District Detroit, P.O. Box 1027, Detroit, MI 48231; and Colonel 
Charles E. Eastburn, District Engineer, U.S. Army Engineer District 
Louisville, P.O. Box 59, Louisville, KY 40201. 
   Comments concerning proposed subzone status for the Clark plants 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 June 20, 1983. 
   A copy of the application is available for public inspection at each of 
the following locations: 
Port Director's Office, 
U. S. Customs Service, 
4950 W. Dickman Road, 
Battle Creek, MI 49016 
U.S. Dept. of Commerce District Office, 
Room 636 B, 
Post Office and Court House Building, 
Louisville, KY 40202 
Office of the Executive Secretary, 
Foreign-Trade Zones Board, 
U.S. Department of Commerce, 
14th & Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Room 1872, 
Washington, D.C. 20230.  
   Dated: May 16, 1983. 
John J. Da Ponte, Jr., 
   Executive Secretary.   
[FR Doc. 83-13486 Filed 5-18-83; 8:45 am] 
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