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                             DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE 
                           Foreign-Trade Zones Board 
 
                                 (Docket 7-90) 
 
                                   55 FR 7752 
 
                                 March 5, 1990 
 
   Foreign-Trade Zone 138 -- Franklin County, OH; Application for Subzone; 
Wascator Washing Machine Plant, Richwood, OH 
 
TEXT: An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board 
(the Board) by the Rickenbacker Port Authority, grantee of FTZ 138, 
requesting special-purpose subzone status at the commercial washing machine
plant of Wascator Manufacturing Company located in the Village of Richwood, 
Union County, Ohio, adjacent to the Columbus Customs port of entry. 
Wascator is a division of White Consolidated Industries, Inc., a subsidiary 
of AB Electrolux of Sweden. 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 16, 1990.  
 
   The Wascator plant (5 acres) is located at 200 West Ottawa Street (State 
Route 47) in Richwood, some 30 miles northwest of Columbus. The facility, a 
renovated plant once operated by Tappan, will be used to produce commercial 
washing machines. The products will displace Electrolux shipments from 
abroad. The company will initially use foreign-sourced components such as 
fabricated metal cabinet parts, electric motors, pumps, valves, timers, 
relays, wiring harnesses, door locks, clamps, fasteners, and certain 
plastic and rubber parts. While there will be a high level of foreign 
sourcing at the outset, domestic sourcing will gradually increase over a 
10-year period. 
 
   Zone procedures would exempt Wascator from Customs duty payments on the 
foreign materials used in machines that are exported. On its domestic sales,
the company would be able to choose the duty rate that applies to finished 
washing machines (2.8%), whereas the duty rate for components averages 5.1 
percent. The applicant indicates that zone savings will help the plant'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, Northeast Region, 6th Floor, Plaza 
Nine Building, 55 Erieview Plaza, Cleveland, OH 44114; and, Colonel Thomas 
E. Farewell, District Engineer, U.S. Army Engineer District Huntington, 502 
Eight Street, Huntington, WV 25701. 
 
   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 April 10, 1990.
 
   A copy of the application is available for public inspection at each of 
the following locations: 

Port Director's Office, 
U.S. Customs Service, 
4600 17th Avenue, Room 221, 
Columbus, OH 43219. 
 
 
Office of the Executive Secretary, 
Foreign-Trade Zones Board, 
U.S. Department of Commerce, Room 2835, 
14th & Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., 
Washington, DC 20230.  
 
   Dated: February 23, 1990. 
 
 
John J. Da Ponte, Jr., 
 
   Executive Secretary.  
[FR Doc. 90-4903 Filed 03-02-90; 8:45 am] 
 
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