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                           FOREIGN-TRADE ZONES BOARD 
 
                               [Docket No. 53-84] 
 
                                  49 FR 48582 
 
                               December 13, 1984 
 
 
Proposed Foreign-Trade Zone -- Albany, NY, Customs Port of Entry Area; 
Application and Public Hearing 
 
TEXT: An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board 
(the Board) by the Capital District Regional Planning Commission, a New 
York public corporation associated with Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga and 
Schenectady Counties, requesting authority to establish a general-purpose 
foreign-trade zone in the Albany Customs port of entry area. 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 December 6, 1984. The 
applicant is authorized to make this proposal under Chapter 138 of the 
Laws of the State of New York, 1984.  
 
   The proposed foreign-trade zone will involve 3 sites totalling 45 
acres. Site 1 covers 8 acres and includes 148,000 square feet of 
warehousing space within the 551-acre Northeastern Industrial Park on 
County Route 201 in Guilderland, Albany County. Site 2 involves a 44,800 
square foot warehouse within the 235-acre Rotterdam Industrial Park on 
Route 7 in Rotterdam, Schenectady County. Site 3 covers 36 acres, including 
43,000 square feet of warehouse space within the 236-acre Port of Albany, 
on the Rensselaer side. Sites 1 and 2 will be operated by Distribution 
Unlimited, Inc. of the Galesi Group.  
 
   The application contains evidence for the need for zone services in the 
Albany area. A number of firms have expressed an interest in using zone 
procedures for the storage, processing and manufacture of items such as 
specialty trucks, marine containers, control valves, fabricated metal 
products, textiles, leather, and gloves. 
 
   The application contains only a single manufacturing proposal. Walter 
Equipment U.S.A., Inc. is proposing to use zone procedures to assemble 
specialty trucks such as tow trucks, snow removal trucks and off-the-road 
trucks. The company purchases engines, bodies, axles, tires and other 
parts, and assembles the vehicles on its frames, using a variety of its 
parts such as gear drives and differentials. Some 2 percent of its 
components are purchased from foreign sources, including fiberglass 
watertanks, shock absorbers, machined forgings, spring assemblies, cabs, 
and alloy-steel brake castings. It also sends metal parts to Canada for 
machining. Some 5 percent of the completed trucks are exported. Any other 
manufacturing requests would be reviewed by the Board separately on a 
case-by-case basis. 
 
   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, D.C. 20230; John Martuge, 
Area Director, U.S. Customs Service, New York Region, Room 423, 6 World 
Trade Center, New York, NY 10048; and Colonel F.H. Griffis, Jr., District 
Engineer, U.S. Army Engineer District New York, 26 Federal Plaza, New York,
NY 10278.  
 
   As part of its investigation, the examiners committee will hold a public
hearing on January 15, 1985, beginning at 9:00 a.m., in Hearing Room B of 
the State Legislative Office Building, State Capitol, Albany. Interested 
parties are invited to present their views at the hearing. Persons wishing 
to testify should notify the Board's Executive Secretary in writing at the 
address below or by phone (202/377-2862) by January 9. Instead of an oral 
presentation, written statements may be submitted in accordance with the 
Board's regulations to the examiners committee, care of the Executive 
Secretary, at any time from the date of this notice through February 15, 
1985.  

   A copy of the application and accompanying exhibits will be available 
during this time for public inspection at each of the following locations:
 
 
Port Director's Office, 
U.S. Customs Service, 
445 Broadway, 
P.O. Bldg., Rm. 215, 
Albany, NY 12207 
 
 
Office of the Executive Secretary, 
Foreign-Trade Zones Board, 
U.S. Department of Commerce, Room 1529, 
14th and Pennsylvania, NW., 
Washington, D.C. 20230.  
 
   Dated: November 10, 1984. 
 
 
John J. Da Ponte, Jr., 
 
   Executive Secretary.   
[FR Doc. 84-32522 Filed 12-12-84; 8:45 am] 
 
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