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                           DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

                               [Docket 72-91]

        			Foreign-Trade Zone
         76--Bridgeport, CT; Application for Subzone; NorMag, Inc.,
           Steel Electric Transformer Parts Plant, Bridgeport, CT

                         Tuesday, November 19, 1991

An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board (the 
Board) by the City of Bridgeport, grantee of FTZ 76, requesting special- 
purpose subzone states for the electric transformer parts manufacturing 
facility of NorMag, Inc. (NorMag) (subsidiary of Surahammars Bruks AB, 
Sweden), located in Bridgeport, Connecticut. 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 November 5, 1991.

The NorMag manufacturing plant (25,000 sq. ft.) is located at 250 Bishop
Avenue in the City of Bridgeport. The facility (50 employees) is used to
manufacture distributed-gap, steel, electrical transformer cores,
electrical steel toroids and cut-to-length steel shunts for the domestic
market and export. The primary material used to produce the transformer
parts is silicon electrical steel, which the company purchases from both
domestic and foreign sources.

Zone procedures would exempt NorMag from Customs duty payments on the
foreign materials used in its export production. On its domestic sales, the
company would be able to choose duty rates that apply to finished
transformer cores (3.0%), whereas the foreign-sourced silicon electrical
steel is dutiable at either 5.8 or 7.0 percent. The applicant indicates
that subzone status would help improve the company's international

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; Victor G. Weeren, 
Assistant Regional Commissioner, U.S. Customs Service, Northeast Region, 
10 Causeway Street, suite 801, Boston, Massachusetts 02222-1056; and, 
Colonel Philip Harris, Division Engineer, U.S. Army Engineer Division New 
England, 424 Trapelo Road, Waltham, Massachusetts 02254-9149.

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 January 7, 1992.

A copy of the application and accompanying exhibits will be available for
public inspection at each of the following locations:
Office of the Port Director, 
U.S. Customs Service, 
120 Middle Street,
Bridgeport, Connecticut 06609.

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

Dated: November 13, 1991.

John J. Da Ponte, Jr.

Executive Secretary.

[FR Doc. 91-27808 Filed 11-18-91; 8:45 am]