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                             DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE 
                           Foreign-Trade Zones Board 
                                 [Docket 24-88] 
                                  53 FR 25647 
                                  July 8, 1988 
Foreign-Trade Zone 100 -- Dayton, OH; Application for Subzones; General 
Motors Corp., Electric Motors and Auto Parts Plants, Dayton and Kettering, OH
TEXT: An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board (the
Board) by the Greater Dayton Foreign-Trade Zone, Inc., grantee of FTZ 100, on
behalf of General Motors Corporation, Delco Products Division (GM), 
requesting special-purpose subzone status for GM's electric motors plant in
Dayton, Ohio, and its auto parts plant in Kettering, Ohio. 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 June 28, 1988. 
   The Dayton plant (28 acres) is located at 1619 Kuntz Road. The facility
employs 300 persons and is used to produce electric motors for industrial 
uses. Some 10 percent of the components are dutiable, including velocity 
controls, armatures, transformers, discharge units, connectors, clamps and
bearings. The plant is also used as a distribution facility for imported AC
servo motor systems. 
   The Kettering plant (288 acres) is located at 2000 Forrer Boulevard. The
facility employs 4,000 persons and is used to produce shock absorbers, wiper
systems, cooling motors, electronic suspension system levelling controls, 
and antenna actuators. Some 6 percent of the components used at the plant 
are dutiable, including circuit boards, shock absorber struts and piston 
arms, shock absorber parts, magnesuim housings, armature assemblies, relays
and fasteners.  
   Zone procedures would exempt GM from Customs duties on the foreign 
components used in the manufacture of products that are exported. On the 
motors produced at the Dayton plant and sold in the United States, GM would 
be able to elect the rate applicable to complete motors. The duty rates on 
parts for motors range from 2.9 to 11.0 percent, whereas the rates on 
complete motors range from 0 to 4.2 percent. On the auto components that are
produced at the Kettering plant and shipped to U.S. auto assembly subzones,
the company would be able to elect the finished product duty rate applicable
to passenger automobiles. The duty rates on subcomponents and material used
at the plant range from 3.0 to 5.0 percent, whereas the rate on autos is 2.5
percent. GM indicates that the savings will help improve the company's 
international competitiveness in both product areas.  
   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, 
Distric 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 40201-0059. 
   Comments concerning the proposed subzone are invited in writing from 
interested parties. They shall be addressed to the Board's Executive 
Secretary at the address below and postmarked on or before August 16, 1988.
   A copy of the application is available for public inspection at each of 
the following locations: 
Office of the Port Director, 
U.S. Customs Service, 
Dayton International Airport, 
International Arrivals Area, 
Vandalia, Ohio 45377 
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: July 1, 1988. 
John J. Da Ponte, Jr., 
   Executive Secretary.   
[FR Doc. 88-15384 Filed 7-7-88; 8:45 am]