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                             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, 
Federal Building, 
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., 
 
   Executive Secretary.   
[FR Doc. 83-22760 Filed 8-17-83; 8:45 am] 
 
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