DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
Foreign-Trade Zones Board
[Docket No. 30-83]
48 FR 37504
August 18, 1983
Foreign-Trade Zone 41, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Application for Subzone at
Aldrich Chemical Plant, Milwaukee
TEXT: An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board
(the Board) by the Foreign-Trade Zone of Wisconsin, Ltd. (FTZW), grantee of
Foreign-Trade Zone 41, requesting special-purpose subzone status for three
related chemical manufacturing plants of the Aldrich Chemical Company, Inc.
(Aldrich), a subsidiary of Sigma-Aldrich Corporation, in the Milwaukee area,
adjacent to the Milwaukee 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 July 28, 1983. The applicant is authorized
to make this proposal under Chapter 110 of the Wisconsin Laws of 1977,
approved October 13, 1977.
On September 29, 1978, the Board authorized FTZW to establish a
foreign-trade zone project in the Milwaukee area (Board Order 136, 43 FR
46887, 10/11/78). On August 4, 1981, FTZW was authorized to expand the
project and to sponsor subzones for American Motors in Kenosha and for
Muskegon Piston Ring in Manitowoc (Board Order 178, 46 FR 40718, 8/11/81).
The proposed subzone for Aldrich will cover 113 acres at three locations
in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin, area. The first site involves the company's
main plant covering 1.3 acres at 940 West St. Paul Avenue, Milwaukee. The
second site is for the company's secondary plant covering 2 acres at 230
South Emmber Lane, Milwaukee. The third site involves the company's
hazardous products facility covering 110 acres at Highway V and Trimberger
Court, Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin, 35 miles north of Milwaukee. All three
are part of an integrated production process for fine chemicals used in
laboratories and as components in chemical specialties such as
pharmaceutical, cosmetic, photographic and agricultural products. According
to the application, the company imports abour 30 percent of its raw
materials, primarily those materials which are not available in the U.S.
Zone procedures would exempt Aldrich from duty payments on its exports,
which are expected to grow from the current 20 percent of production to
over 30 percent. Substantial savings would also accrue from duty deferral
on imported materials which have duty rates as high as 26 percent. The
company has indicated that these Customs cost savings are needed to help
it compete with offshore production facilities, which are currently the
only other major supplier of these products to foreign and domestic
markets. The result will be an expansion of production at Aldrich's
domestic facilities and a possible addition of up to 200 persons to the
current workforce of 400 persons.
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; W. David Stevens, District Director, U.S. Customs Service, North
Central Region, 628 E. Michigan St., Milwaukee, WI 53202; and Colonel
Raymond T. Beurket, Jr., District Engineer, U.S. Army Engineer District
Detroit, P.O. Box 1027, Detroit, MI 48231.
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 September 26, 1983.
A copy of the application is available for public inspection at each of
the following locations:
Office of the Director,
U.S. Dept. of Commerce District Officer,
517 East Wisconsin Avenue,
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Office of the Executive Secretary,
Foreign-Trade Zones Board,
U.S. Department of Commerce, Room 1872,
14th and Pennsylvania, NW.,
Washington, D.C. 20230
Dated: August 11, 1983.
John J. Da Ponte, Jr.,
[FR Doc. 83-22760 Filed 8-17-83; 8:45 am]
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