DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
Foreign-Trade Zones Board
Foreign-Trade Zone 112--Colorado
Springs, Colorado; Application for Subzone:
Apple Computer, Fountain, Colorado
Tuesday, September 24, 1991
An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board (the
Board) by the Colorado Springs Foreign-Trade Zone, Inc., grantee of FTZ 112,
requesting special-purpose subzone status for the electronic data processing
and communications equipment manufacturing plant of Apple Computer, Inc.
(Apple), located in the City of Fountain, El Paso County, Colorado, some 12
miles south of Colorado Springs. 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 September 12, 1991.
Apple is an international producer of personal computers and related
products with annual sales of over $5 billion. It has plants in the U.S.,
the U.K., and Singapore.
The new Apple plant (340,000 sq. ft. bldg. on 125-acre site) is located at
702 Frontage Road in Fountain, Colorado. The company purchased the facility
from Data General in 1991 and is currently renovating it. Full production
is scheduled to begin in early 1992. The facility will employ 1000 persons
and will be used to produce electronic data processing and communication
products including computers, word processors, printers, displays,
telecommunications equipment, instruments, and other related products and
Some of the components are purchased from abroad including computer
processing units, keyboards, disc drives, monitors, flat panel displays,
printers, power supplies, motors, batteries, transformers, circuit boards,
diodes, integrated circuits, resistors, capacitors, switches, optical
fibers, recording media, plastic and rubber parts, glass envelopes,
springs, fasteners, cable and other related computer components and
Zone procedures would exempt Apple from Customs duty payments on the
foreign components used in products made for export. On domestic sales, the
company wishes to be able to choose the duty rates that apply to the
finished products (0.0-10.0 percent). The rates on components range from
0.0 to 15.0 percent, and there is currently an antidumping duty order in
effect on certain flat panel display units. The application indicates that
zone savings will help improve the international competitiveness of Apple's
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;
Donald W. Myhra, District director, U.S. Customs Service, North Central
Region, 300 Second Avenue South, Great Falls, Montana 59401; and Lt. Colonel
Michael J. Debow, District Engineer, U.S. Army Engineer District
Albuquerque, 517 Gold Avenue, SW., Albuquerque, NM 87103-1580.
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 October 31, 1991.
A copy of the application is available for public inspection at each of the
Office of the District Director,
U.S. Department of Commerce, suite 680,
Denver, CO 80202.
Office of the Executive Secretary,
Foreign-Trade Zones Board,
U.S. Department of Commerce,
14th & Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., room 3716,
Washington, DC 20230.
Dated: September 18, 1991.
John J. Da Ponte, Jr.,
[FR Doc. 91-22892 Filed 9-23-91; 8:45 am]