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                           DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

    			Foreign-Trade Zones Board

                               [Docket 25-91]

  			Foreign-Trade Zone 125, South
                Bend, IN; Request for Manufacturing Vehicle
                    Concepts Recreational Vehicle Plant

                          Wednesday, May 15, 1991

An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board (the 
Board) by the St. Joseph County Airport Authority, grantee of FTZ 125, on 
behalf of Vehicle Concepts (a Division of Monaco Coach Corporation), 
requesting authority to manufacture recreational vehicles and ambulances 
under zone procedures within FTZ 125, South Bend, Indiana. It was filed on 
April 26, 1991.

The new Vehicle Concepts plant (10,000 sq. ft.) is located at 4477 Terminal
Drive, within FTZ 125 at the St. Joseph County Airport Complex in South
Bend. The facility would be used to assemble micro-mini RVs (<6,000-lb.
GVW) and ambulances. The vehicle would be built on a foreign-sourced light
pick-up truck cab/chassis. All other components and materials would involve
domestic or duty-paid merchandise.

Zone procedures would exempt Vehicle Concepts from Customs duty payments on
the foreign pick-up truck cab/chassis used in vehicles produced for export.
On its domestic sales, the company would be able to choose the lower
finished vehicle duty rate (2.5 percent) rather than the pick-up truck
cab/chassis rate (25 percent). The applicant indicates that authority to
use zone procedures would help Vehicle Concepts improve its international
competitiveness and increase export sales. Two other domestic RV plants
currently operate under zone procedures: The Forest City, Iowa, facility of
Winnebago, Industries, Inc. (FTZ Subzone 107A, Board Order 273, 49 Fr
35971, 9/13/84); and, the Perris, California, facility of National RV (FTZ
Subzone 50C, Board Order 484, 55 FR 35159, 8/28/90).

Comments concerning the application 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 June 28, 1991.

A copy of the application is available for public inspection at each of the
following locations:
Office of the District Director, 
U.S. Department of Commerce,
Mid-Continental Plaza Bldg., Rm. 1406, 
55 E. Monore St., 
Chicago, Illinois 60603.

Office of the Executive Secretary, 
Foreign-Trade Zones Board, 
U.S. Department of Commerce, 
14th & Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Room 3716, 
Washington, DC 20230.

Dated: May 9, 1991.

Dennis Puccinelli,

Acting Executive Secretary.

[FR Doc. 91-11551 Filed 5-14-91; 8:45 am]