DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
Foreign-Trade Zones Board
[Docket No. 3-85]
50 FR 5653
February 11, 1985
Foreign-Trade Zone 90, Onondaga County, NY; Application for Subzone;
Smith-Corona Typewriter Plant, Cortland County, NY
TEXT: An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board
(the Board) by the County of Onondaga, New York, grantee of Foreign-Trade
Zone 90, requesting special-purpose subzone status for the typewriter
manufacturing plant of Smith-Corona Corporation in Cortland County, New
York, adjacent to the Syracuse 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 February 1, 1985. The applicant is
authorized to make zone proposals in Onondaga County under County Law
Section 224 of McKinney's Consolidated Laws of New York. Legislation is
pending concerning Onondaga County's authority to apply for subzones in
Cortland County (New York Senate Bill 675).
Smith-Corona, a group within the consumer division of SMC Corporation,
is a manufacturer of typewriters, printers, and related supplies.
The proposed subzone will be located at Smith-Corona's 66-acre plant at
839 Route 13 South, Township of Cortlandville, Cortland County. The
facility is used to produce portable electric typewriters, employing 1200
persons. It is considered the only such typewriter plant remaining in the
U.S., this type of production having moved abroad. In its efforts to
compete with foreign typewriters, Smith-Corona sources from abroad certain
parts including keyboards, stepper motors, transformers, chokes, crystals,
couplers, and switches, which account for up to 20 percent of the value of
Zone procedures would allow Smith-Corona to avoid duty payments on
foreign parts, because its finished product is duty free, while most parts
are dutiable at 6.1 percent. This will allow the company to take advantage
of the same duty-free treatment given to importers of complete typewriters.
The cost savings will help Smith-Corona maintain production in the U.S.
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;
Edward A. Goggin, Assistant Regional Commissioner, U.S. Customs Service,
Northeast Region, 100 Summer St., Boston, MA 02110; and Colonel Robert B.
Hardiman, District Engineer, U.S. Army Engineer District Buffalo, 1776
Niagara St., Buffalo, NY 14207.
Comments conerning 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 March 5, 1985.
Port Director's Office,
U.S. Customs Service,
Federal Bldg., Room 1219,
100 South Clinton Street,
Syracuse, NY 13260
Office of the Executive Secretary,
Foreign-Trade Zones Board,
U.S. Department of Commerce, Room 1529,
14th and Pennsylvania, NW.,
Washington, D.C. 20230
Dated: February 5, 1985.
John J. Da Ponte, Jr.,
[FR Doc. 85-3314 Filed 2-8-85; 8:45 am]
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