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                             DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE 
                           Foreign-Trade Zones Board 
                               [Docket No. 27-87] 
                                  52 FR 43217 
                               November 10, 1987 
Foreign-Trade Zone 72; Application for Subzone Alpine Auto Electronic 
Components Plant -- Greenwood and Indianapolis, IN 
TEXT: An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board 
(the Board) by the Indianapolis Airport Authority, grantee of FTZ 72, 
requesting special-purpose subzone status for two automobile electronic 
components facilities of Alpine Electronics Manufacturing of America, Inc.
(Alpine), in Greenwood and Indianapolis, Indiana, in and adjacent to the 
Indianapolis 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 October 29, 1987.  
   The facilities are located at 421 North Emerson Avenue, Greenwood, 
Indiana (manufacturing plant -- 101 acres), and at 1810 South Lynhurst Drive,
Indianapolis (warehouse -- 15,000 square feet). Employing 200 persons, the
facilities are used to produce and distribute audio systems, switches, and 
other auto electronic components. Some 85 percent of the value of the 
components are currently sourced abroad, such as cassette tape players and 
parts, printed circuit boards, capacitors, transistors, integrated circuits,
diodes, resistors, motors, switches, and other electrical parts. About half
of the finished products are exported. 
   Zone procedures would exempt Alpine from Customs duty payments on the 
products it exports. On products shipped to U.S. auto assembly plants with
subzone status, the company would be able to pay Customs duties at the rate
available to importers of complete automobiles and electronic components 
for U.S. auto subzones. For example, the duty rates on the audio components
Alpine sources abroad range from 3.7 to 10.0 percent, whereas the rate for 
finished autos is 2.5 percent. The savings will contribute to the company's
international competitiveness. 
   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 Puccinelli (Chairman), Foreign-Trade Zones 
Staff, U.S. Department of Commerce, Washington, DC 20230; John F. Nelson, 
District Director, U.S. Customs Service, North Central Region, 6th Floor, 
Plaza Nine Building, 55 Erieview Plaza, Cleveland, Ohio 44114; and Colonel 
Robert L. Oliver, District Engineer, U.S. Army Engineer District Louisville,
P.O. Box 59, Louisville, Kentucky 40201. 
   Comments concerning the proposed subzone are invited in writing from 
interested parties. They should be addressed to the Board's Executive 
Secretary at the address below and postmarked on or before December 17, 
   A copy of the application is available for public inspection at each of
the following locations: 
U.S. Department of Commerce District Office, 
357 U.S. Courthouse and Federal Office Building, 
46 East Ohio Street, 
Indianapolis, Indiana 46202  
Office of the Executive Secretary, 
Foreign-Trade Zones Board, 
U.S. Department of Commerce, Room 1529, 
14th and Pennsylvania Avenue NW., 
Washington, DC 20230  
   Dated: November 3, 1987. 
John J. Da Ponte, Jr., 
   Executive Secretary.   
[FR Doc. 87-26013 Filed 11-9-87; 8:45 am]