DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
Foreign-Trade Zones Board
146--Lawrenceville, IL; Application for Subzone, Fedders
Air Conditioner Plant, Effingham, IL
Thursday, January 17, 1991
An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board (the
Board) by the Bi-State Authority, grantee of FTZ 146, requesting special-
purpose subzone status for the room air conditioner manufacturing plant
of Fedders North America, Inc. (Fedders), located in Effingham, Illinois.
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 January 9, 1991.
The site (277 acres) is located at 415 Wabash Avenue in Effingham,
Illinois, which is situated some 45 miles from Lawrenceville. The facility
employs 1,700 persons and is used to produce residential room air
conditioners. Some 20 percent of the air conditioner value consists of
dutiable components, such as plastic parts, motors, copper loops and
tubing, fasteners, capacitors, electric switches and rubber products. About
4 percent of the air conditioners are exported.
Zone procedures would exempt Fedders from Customs duty payments on the
foreign components used in its exports. On domestic sales, the company
would be able to choose the duty rate on finished room air conditioners
(2.2%) for the foreign-sourced components (average duty rate 5.5%). The
application indicates that the savings would help reduce costs and improve
the plant's international competitiveness.
In accordance with the Board's regulations, an examiners committee has been
approved 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;
Theodore Galantowicz, District Director, U.S. Customs Service, North
Central Region, suite 625, 7911 Forsythe Blvd., St. Louis, Missouri 63105;
and Colonel David E. Peixotto, District Engineer, U.S. Army Engineer
District Louisville, P.O. Box 59, Louisville, Kentucky 40201-0059.
Comments concerning the proposed zone 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 February 25,
A copy of the application is available for public inspection at each of the
Office of the Port Director Federal Building, room 238,
101 NW Seventh Street,
Evansville, Indiana 47708
Office of the Executive Secretary,
Foreign-Trade Zones Board,
U.S. Department of Commerce,
14th & Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, room 4213,
Washington, DC 20230.
Dated: January 10, 1991.
John J. Da Ponte, Jr.,
[FR Doc. 91-1108 Filed 1-16-91; 8:45 am]