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                           DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

    			Foreign-Trade Zones Board

                             [Docket No. 31-91]

 			Foreign-Trade Zone 151--Findlay,
                   OH, Application for Subzone, W.C. Wood
          Company, Inc., Appliance Manufacturing Plant Ottawa, OH

                           Tuesday, June 11, 1991

An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board (the 
Board) by the Community Development Foundation, grantee of FTZ 151, Findlay, 
Ohio, requesting special-purpose subzone status for the freezer 
manufacturing plant of W.C. Wood, Inc. (Wood) (subsidiary of W.C. Wood 
Company Limited, Canada), located in Ottawa, Putnam County, 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 May 28, 1991.

The Wood plant (80 acres, 100 employees) is located at 9444 Wood Drive in
Ottawa, Ohio, 60 miles south of Toledo. The facility is used to produce
private label, brand-name upright freezers for the domestic market and
export, replacing freezers formerly produced by affiliated plants in
Canada. The only foreign-sourced components used in the manufacturing
operation are compressors, which account for 12 percent of the finished
freezers' value. The facility also serves as the firm's North American
distribution center for other kitchen and home appliances, such as
refrigerators and rangehoods, produced by the parent firm in Canada.

Zone procedures would exempt Wood from Customs duty payments on the foreign
compressors and finished products that are re-exported. On its domestic
sales, the company would be able to choose the duty rate that applies to
finished upright freezers (2.9%). The rate on compressors is 3.4 percent.
It would defer duty payments on finished appliances sourced abroad. The
applicant indicates that zone savings will improve 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, North Central Region, 55 Erieview 
Plaza, Cleveland, Ohio 44114; and, Major David P. Plank, District Engineer, 
U.S. Army Engineer District Buffalo, 1776 Niagara Street, Buffalo, New 
York 14207.

Comments concerning the proposed foreign-trade subzone are invited from
interested parties. They should be addressed to the Board's Executive
Secretary at the address below and postmarked on or before July 26, 1991.
A copy of the application and accompanying exhibits will be available for
public inspection at each of the following locations:
Port Director's Office, 
U.S. Customs Service, 
136 N. Summit Street, 
Toledo, OH 43604

Office of the Executive Secretary, 
Foreign-Trade Zones Boad, 
U.S. Department of Commerce, Room 3716,
14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW., 
Washington, DC. 20230

Dated: June 4, 1991.

John J. Da Ponte, Jr.,

Executive Secretary.
[FR Doc. 91-13836 Filed 6-10-91; 8:45 am]