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[Federal Register: September 18, 1995 (Volume 60, Number 180)]
[Page 48101]
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[Docket 51-95]

Foreign-Trade Zone 167--Green Bay, WI Application for Subzone
Status Robin Manufacturing U.S.A., Inc., Plant (Internal-Combustion
Engines) Hudson, WI

    An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board
(the Board) by Brown County, Wisconsin, grantee of FTZ 167, requesting
special-purpose subzone status for the small internal-combustion engine
manufacturing plant of Robin Manufacturing U.S.A., Inc. (RMI) (a joint
venture between Polaris Industries, Inc. (Minneapolis, MN), and Fuji
Heavy Industries (Japan)), located in Hudson, Wisconsin. 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 5,
    The RMI plant (2 acres/56,000 sq.ft.) is located at 1201 Industrial
Road in Hudson (St. Croix County), Wisconsin, some 15 miles east of
MinneapolisSt. Paul, Minnesota. The facility (19 employees) is used to
produce spark-ignition internal combustion engines (up to 500 cc in
size) for recreational vehicles such as golf carts and all-terrain
vehicles (up to 100,000 units per year). The company also plans to
manufacture industrial engines (up to 1,000 cc) for farm, lawn, and
garden equipment (HTS# 8407.32.20, 8407.33.30). Currently all of the
engines' components are sourced abroad including: crankcases, cylinder
heads, manifolds, balancer shafts, connecting rods, pistons, rocker
arms, intake/exhaust valves, bearings and housings, flywheels, pulleys,
gaskets, magnetos, fasteners, housings, fuel pumps, electrical
components, and spark plugs (1995 duty rate range: 0.29.3%). The
application indicates that 50 percent of all parts (by value) will be
purchased from U.S. suppliers within three years after approval of
subzone status.
    Zone procedures would exempt RMI from Customs duty payments on the
foreign components used in export production. On its domestic sales,
RMI would be able to choose the lower duty rates that apply to finished
engines (duty free, 2.5%) for the foreign components noted above. The
application indicates that the savings from zone procedures would help
improve the plant's international competitiveness.
    In accordance with the Board's regulations, a member of the FTZ
Staff has been designated examiner to investigate the application and
report to the Board.
    Public comment on the application is invited from interested
parties. Submissions (original and three copies) shall be addressed to
the Board's Executive Secretary at the address below. The closing
period for their receipt is November 17, 1995. Rebuttal comments in
response to material submitted during the foregoing period may be
submitted during the subsequent 15-day period to December 4, 1995.
    A copy of the application and the accompanying exhibits will be
available for public inspection at each of the following locations:

U.S. Department of Commerce District Office, 108 Federal Building, 110
South Fourth Street, Minneapolis, MN 55401.
Office of the Executive Secretary, Foreign-Trade Zones Board, U.S.
Department of Commerce, Room 3716, 14th Street & Pennsylvania Avenue,
NW, Washington, DC 20230.

    Dated: September 11, 1995.
John J. Da Ponte, Jr.,
Executive Secretary
[FR Doc. 95-23118 Filed 9-15-95; 8:45 am]