Citation Corporation, Camden, TN; Notice of Negative Determination on Remand, 44316-44317 [E6-12620]

Download as PDF 44316 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 150 / Friday, August 4, 2006 / Notices Assistance applicable to TA–W–58,759, which was published in the Federal Register on April 13, 2006 (71 FR 19208–19210) in FR Document E6– 5518, Billing Code 4510–30–P. This rescinds the certification of eligibility for workers of TA–W–58,759, to apply for Alternative Trade Adjustment Assistance and confirms eligibility to apply for Worker Adjustment Assistance as identified on page 19209 in the first column, the twelfth TA–W number listed. The Department appropriately published in the Federal Register April 13, 2006, page 19210, under the notice of Negative Determinations for Alternative Trade Adjustment Assistance, the denial of eligibility applicable to workers of TA–W–58,759. The notice appears on page 19210 in the third column, the fourth TA–W– number listed. Signed in Washington, DC, this 28th day of July 2006. Erica R. Cantor Director, Division of Trade Adjustment Assistance. [FR Doc. E6–12616 Filed 8–3–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–30–P DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Employment and Training Administration [TA–W–58,861] gechino on PROD1PC61 with NOTICES Campbell Hausfeld Leitchfield, KY; Affirmative Determinations for Worker Adjustment Assistance and Alternative Trade Adjustment Assistance; Correction This notice rescinds the notice of certification of eligibility to apply for Alternative Trade Adjustment Assistance applicable to TA–W–58,861, which was published in the Federal Register on April 13, 2006 (71 FR 19208–19210) in FR Document E6– 5518, Billing Code 4510–30–P. This rescinds the certification of eligibility for workers of TA–W–58,861, to apply for Alternative Trade Adjustment Assistance and confirms eligibility to apply for Worker Adjustment Assistance as identified on page 19209 in the first column, the eighth TA–W-number listed. The Department appropriately published in the Federal Register April 13, 2006, page 19210, under the notice of Negative Determinations for Alternative Trade Adjustment Assistance, the denial of eligibility applicable to workers of TA–W–58,861. The notice appears on page 19210 in the VerDate Aug<31>2005 22:39 Aug 03, 2006 Jkt 208001 third column, the eighth TA–W–number listed. Signed in Washington, DC, this 28th day of July 2006. Erica R. Cantor, Director, Division of Trade Adjustment Assistance. [FR Doc. E6–12617 Filed 8–3–06; 8:45 am] determine whether the subject worker group is eligible to apply for TAA. To determine whether the subject worker group is eligible to apply for TAA, the Department conducted an investigation to ascertain if the criteria set forth in 29 CFR 90.16(b) was met: Citation Corporation, Camden, TN; Notice of Negative Determination on Remand (1) A significant number or proportion of the workers in such workers’ firm (or appropriate subdivision of the firm) have become, or are threatened to become, totally or partially separated; (2) Sales or production, or both, of such firm or subdivision have decreased absolutely; and (3) Increases (absolute or relative) of imports of articles produced by such workers’ firm or an appropriate subdivision thereof contributed importantly to such total or partial separation, or threat thereof, and to such decline in sales or production. On January 23, 2006, the U.S. Court of International Trade (USCIT) granted the Department of Labor’s motion for a second voluntary remand in Former Employees of Citation Corporation v. Elaine Chao, U.S. Secretary of Labor, Court No. 04–00198. On December 1, 2003, the Tennessee AFL–CIO (Union) filed a petition for Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) and Alternative Trade Adjustment Assistance (ATAA) on behalf of workers of Citation Corporation, Camden, Tennessee producing ductile iron castings (subject worker group). The Department of Labor (Department) terminated the investigation for TA–W– 53,753 because no new information or change in circumstance was evident which would have resulted in the reversal of a prior negative determination applicable to the same worker group (TA–W–51,871). The Notice of Termination was issued on December 11, 2003. The Notice was published in the Federal Register on January 7, 2004 (69 FR 940). After the Department dismissed the Union’s request for reconsideration (April 6, 2004; 69 FR 18107), the Union appealed to the USCIT for review. During the first remand investigation, the Department determined that the worker group and the circumstances of the workers’ separations in TA–W– 51,871 and TA–W–53,753 were the same and that termination of the investigation of TA–W–53,753 was proper because a final decision was issued in TA–W–51,871. The Notice of Negative Determination on Reconsideration on Remand was issued on March 9, 2005 and published in the Federal Register on March 28, 2005 (70 FR 15646). On January 23, 2006, the USCIT directed the Department to conduct a second remand investigation to Pursuant to 29 CFR 90.2, ‘‘increased imports’’ means that imports have increased, absolutely or relative to domestic production, compared to a representative base period. The regulation also establishes the representative base period as the oneyear period preceding the date twelve months prior to the date of the petition. Because the date of TA–W–53,753 is December 1, 2003, the relevant period is December 1, 2002 through November 30, 2003 and the representative base period is December 1, 2001 through November 30, 2002. Therefore, increased imports is established if import levels during December 1, 2002 through November 30, 2003 are greater than import levels during December 1, 2001 through November 30, 2002. During the second remand investigation, the Department confirmed that Citation Corporation, Camden, Tennessee (subject facility) produced ductile iron castings until production ceased on December 9, 2002. SAR 66– 68, 72. Due to the domestic shift of production, there were worker separations as well as sales and production declines at the subject facility during the relevant period. SAR 16, 74. Therefore, the Department determines that 29 CFR 90.16(b)(1) and 29 CFR 90.16(b)(2) have been met. To determine whether 29 CFR 90.16(b)(3) has been met, the Department also requested during the second remand investigation information from the Union, SAR 22, 27–28, Citation Corporation (subject firm), SAR 3–21, 42–75, 81–121, 123– 126, 129–130, 133, 136, 138, and the individuals identified by the Union as having relevant information. SAR 26– 41, 76–80. During the second remand investigation, the Department received information that indicates that the BILLING CODE 4510–30–P DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Employment and Training Administration [TA–W–53,753] PO 00000 Frm 00063 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\04AUN1.SGM 04AUN1 gechino on PROD1PC61 with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 150 / Friday, August 4, 2006 / Notices subject facility did not increase its imports of ductile iron castings. SAR 12–13, 21, 72, 74, 111. Because the subject firm retained all of its business, SAR 21, 86–87, 111, 123–125, 140–142, and sales had increased at the subject facility prior to the plant closure, SAR 16, 85 the Department did not inquire whether the subject firm’s customers were purchasing from foreign sources instead of purchasing from the subject firm. In response to the Union’s assertion that increased foreign competition caused the consolidation of the subject firm’s operations and the subsequent closure of the subject facility, SAR 15, the Department sought clarification from the subject firm, SAR 14, 81–138 and the individuals identified by the Union (former and current subject firm officials). SAR 29–41, 76–80. According to the subject firm, any statement about mergers as a result of foreign competition was a general statement about the domestic foundry and automotive industries. SAR 21. Further, one of the three individuals identified by the Union as having relevant information recalls hearing that the Chinese government had built furnaces, but could not clearly identify the source of the information and was unable to identify the product the furnaces were built to manufacture. SAR 80. Another individual identified by the Union did not recall meeting any Union representative and stated that the workers were aware of the subject firm’s concerns regarding the high cost of maintaining the facility (the facility was old and in need of much repair). SAR 80. The third individual did not recall any comment made to or from the Union about foreign competition at any meeting, including the December 9, 2002 meeting. SAR 74. During the second remand investigation, the Department determined that production had not shifted abroad from the subject. SAR 16. Rather, the Department concluded that production had shifted from the subject facility to other domestic subject firm facilities producing similar products. SAR 16, 74, 120–121, 124, 141. If the subject firm as a whole suffered decreased sales or production prior to the subject facility’s closure, the Department may determine that the subject firm was adversely impacted by increased imports and that the closure was part of the subject firm’s efforts to stay viable. The Department, therefore, also requested during second remand investigation corporate-wide sales and VerDate Aug<31>2005 22:39 Aug 03, 2006 Jkt 208001 production figures of articles like and directly competitive with ductile iron castings for 2001, 2002, and 2003, SAR 113, 118–121, 123–138, and sales figures for the subject firm’s major customer. SAR 126, 130, 133. The subject firm provided information for fiscal year 2001 (October 1, 2000 through September 30, 2001), fiscal year 2002 (October 1, 2001 through September 30, 2002), and fiscal year 2003 (October 1, 2002 through September 30, 2003). SAR 115–116, 120–121, 124–125. For purposes of determining whether the closure of the subject facility was part of the subject firm’s efforts to stay viable, the Department inquired into the subject firm’s sales and production levels during time periods other than the time periods identified in the initial investigation. These alternative time periods are necessary because the subject facility ceased production on December 9, 2002. For purposes of only this portion of the second remand investigation, the ‘‘relevant period’’ is October 1, 2001 through September 2002, and the ‘‘base period’’ is October 1, 2000 through September 2001. The data shows that the subject firm’s fiscal year 2002 sales were stable when compared to fiscal year 2001 sales and that the subject firm’s fiscal year 2002 production level was relatively stable when compared to fiscal year 2001 production level. SAR 122. The data also shows that subject firm sales to its largest customer remained stable during the relevant period. SAR 141–142. Given the stable production levels, sales levels and customer base, the Department determines that the subject firm was not adversely impacted by increased imports of ductile iron castings and that increased imports of ductile iron castings did not contribute importantly to the closing of the subject facility. Further, as indicated by a former subject firm official, the subject facility was old and in need of much repair. SAR 80. Finally, in accordance with Section 246 of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended, the Department herein presents the results of its investigation regarding certification of eligibility to apply for ATAA. In order to apply the Department to issue a certification of eligibility to apply for ATAA, the subject worker group must be certified eligible to apply for TAA. Since the workers are being denied eligibility to apply for TAA, they cannot be certified eligible to apply for ATAA. PO 00000 Frm 00064 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 44317 Conclusion After careful review of the findings of the second remand investigation, I affirm the notice of negative determination of eligibility to apply for worker adjustment assistance for workers and former workers of Citation Corporation, Camden, Tennessee. Signed at Washington, DC, this 26th day of July 2006. Elliott S. Kushner, Certifying Officer, Division of Trade Adjustment Assistance. [FR Doc. E6–12620 Filed 8–3–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–30–P DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Employment and Training Administration [TA–58,805] Collins Aikman Premier Molds, Sterling Heights, MI; Affirmative Determinations for Worker Adjustment Assistance and Alternative Trade Adjustment Assistance; Correction This notice rescinds the notice of certification of eligibility to apply for Alternative Trade Adjustment Assistance applicable to TA–58,805, which was published in the Federal Register on April 13, 2006 (71 FR 19208–19210) in FR Document E6– 5518, Billing Code 4510–30–P. This rescinds the certification of eligibility for workers of TA–58,805, to apply for Alternative Trade Adjustment Assistance and confirms eligibility to apply for Worker Adjustment Assistance as identified on page 19209 in the first column, the sixth TA–W number listed. The Department appropriately published in the Federal Register April 13, 2006, page 19210, under the notice of Negative Determinations for Alternative Trade Adjustment Assistance, the denial of eligibility applicable to workers of TA–W–58,805. The notice appears on page 19210 in the third column, the sixth TA–W number listed. Signed in Washington, DC, this 28th day of July 2006. Erica R. Cantor, Director, Division of Trade Adjustment Assistance. [FR Doc. E6–12615 Filed 8–3–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–30–P E:\FR\FM\04AUN1.SGM 04AUN1

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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Employment and Training Administration

[TA-W-53,753]


Citation Corporation, Camden, TN; Notice of Negative 
Determination on Remand

    On January 23, 2006, the U.S. Court of International Trade (USCIT) 
granted the Department of Labor's motion for a second voluntary remand 
in Former Employees of Citation Corporation v. Elaine Chao, U.S. 
Secretary of Labor, Court No. 04-00198.
    On December 1, 2003, the Tennessee AFL-CIO (Union) filed a petition 
for Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) and Alternative Trade Adjustment 
Assistance (ATAA) on behalf of workers of Citation Corporation, Camden, 
Tennessee producing ductile iron castings (subject worker group). The 
Department of Labor (Department) terminated the investigation for TA-W-
53,753 because no new information or change in circumstance was evident 
which would have resulted in the reversal of a prior negative 
determination applicable to the same worker group (TA-W-51,871). The 
Notice of Termination was issued on December 11, 2003. The Notice was 
published in the Federal Register on January 7, 2004 (69 FR 940).
    After the Department dismissed the Union's request for 
reconsideration (April 6, 2004; 69 FR 18107), the Union appealed to the 
USCIT for review.
    During the first remand investigation, the Department determined 
that the worker group and the circumstances of the workers' separations 
in TA-W-51,871 and TA-W-53,753 were the same and that termination of 
the investigation of TA-W-53,753 was proper because a final decision 
was issued in TA-W-51,871. The Notice of Negative Determination on 
Reconsideration on Remand was issued on March 9, 2005 and published in 
the Federal Register on March 28, 2005 (70 FR 15646).
    On January 23, 2006, the USCIT directed the Department to conduct a 
second remand investigation to determine whether the subject worker 
group is eligible to apply for TAA.
    To determine whether the subject worker group is eligible to apply 
for TAA, the Department conducted an investigation to ascertain if the 
criteria set forth in 29 CFR 90.16(b) was met:

    (1) A significant number or proportion of the workers in such 
workers' firm (or appropriate subdivision of the firm) have become, 
or are threatened to become, totally or partially separated;
    (2) Sales or production, or both, of such firm or subdivision 
have decreased absolutely; and
    (3) Increases (absolute or relative) of imports of articles 
produced by such workers' firm or an appropriate subdivision thereof 
contributed importantly to such total or partial separation, or 
threat thereof, and to such decline in sales or production.

    Pursuant to 29 CFR 90.2, ``increased imports'' means that imports 
have increased, absolutely or relative to domestic production, compared 
to a representative base period. The regulation also establishes the 
representative base period as the one-year period preceding the date 
twelve months prior to the date of the petition.
    Because the date of TA-W-53,753 is December 1, 2003, the relevant 
period is December 1, 2002 through November 30, 2003 and the 
representative base period is December 1, 2001 through November 30, 
2002. Therefore, increased imports is established if import levels 
during December 1, 2002 through November 30, 2003 are greater than 
import levels during December 1, 2001 through November 30, 2002.
    During the second remand investigation, the Department confirmed 
that Citation Corporation, Camden, Tennessee (subject facility) 
produced ductile iron castings until production ceased on December 9, 
2002. SAR 66-68, 72. Due to the domestic shift of production, there 
were worker separations as well as sales and production declines at the 
subject facility during the relevant period. SAR 16, 74. Therefore, the 
Department determines that 29 CFR 90.16(b)(1) and 29 CFR 90.16(b)(2) 
have been met.
    To determine whether 29 CFR 90.16(b)(3) has been met, the 
Department also requested during the second remand investigation 
information from the Union, SAR 22, 27-28, Citation Corporation 
(subject firm), SAR 3-21, 42-75, 81-121, 123-126, 129-130, 133, 136, 
138, and the individuals identified by the Union as having relevant 
information. SAR 26-41, 76-80.
    During the second remand investigation, the Department received 
information that indicates that the

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subject facility did not increase its imports of ductile iron castings. 
SAR 12-13, 21, 72, 74, 111. Because the subject firm retained all of 
its business, SAR 21, 86-87, 111, 123-125, 140-142, and sales had 
increased at the subject facility prior to the plant closure, SAR 16, 
85 the Department did not inquire whether the subject firm's customers 
were purchasing from foreign sources instead of purchasing from the 
subject firm.
    In response to the Union's assertion that increased foreign 
competition caused the consolidation of the subject firm's operations 
and the subsequent closure of the subject facility, SAR 15, the 
Department sought clarification from the subject firm, SAR 14, 81-138 
and the individuals identified by the Union (former and current subject 
firm officials). SAR 29-41, 76-80. According to the subject firm, any 
statement about mergers as a result of foreign competition was a 
general statement about the domestic foundry and automotive industries. 
SAR 21.
    Further, one of the three individuals identified by the Union as 
having relevant information recalls hearing that the Chinese government 
had built furnaces, but could not clearly identify the source of the 
information and was unable to identify the product the furnaces were 
built to manufacture. SAR 80.
    Another individual identified by the Union did not recall meeting 
any Union representative and stated that the workers were aware of the 
subject firm's concerns regarding the high cost of maintaining the 
facility (the facility was old and in need of much repair). SAR 80. The 
third individual did not recall any comment made to or from the Union 
about foreign competition at any meeting, including the December 9, 
2002 meeting. SAR 74.
    During the second remand investigation, the Department determined 
that production had not shifted abroad from the subject. SAR 16. 
Rather, the Department concluded that production had shifted from the 
subject facility to other domestic subject firm facilities producing 
similar products. SAR 16, 74, 120-121, 124, 141.
    If the subject firm as a whole suffered decreased sales or 
production prior to the subject facility's closure, the Department may 
determine that the subject firm was adversely impacted by increased 
imports and that the closure was part of the subject firm's efforts to 
stay viable. The Department, therefore, also requested during second 
remand investigation corporate-wide sales and production figures of 
articles like and directly competitive with ductile iron castings for 
2001, 2002, and 2003, SAR 113, 118-121, 123-138, and sales figures for 
the subject firm's major customer. SAR 126, 130, 133.
    The subject firm provided information for fiscal year 2001 (October 
1, 2000 through September 30, 2001), fiscal year 2002 (October 1, 2001 
through September 30, 2002), and fiscal year 2003 (October 1, 2002 
through September 30, 2003). SAR 115-116, 120-121, 124-125.
    For purposes of determining whether the closure of the subject 
facility was part of the subject firm's efforts to stay viable, the 
Department inquired into the subject firm's sales and production levels 
during time periods other than the time periods identified in the 
initial investigation. These alternative time periods are necessary 
because the subject facility ceased production on December 9, 2002. For 
purposes of only this portion of the second remand investigation, the 
``relevant period'' is October 1, 2001 through September 2002, and the 
``base period'' is October 1, 2000 through September 2001.
    The data shows that the subject firm's fiscal year 2002 sales were 
stable when compared to fiscal year 2001 sales and that the subject 
firm's fiscal year 2002 production level was relatively stable when 
compared to fiscal year 2001 production level. SAR 122. The data also 
shows that subject firm sales to its largest customer remained stable 
during the relevant period. SAR 141-142. Given the stable production 
levels, sales levels and customer base, the Department determines that 
the subject firm was not adversely impacted by increased imports of 
ductile iron castings and that increased imports of ductile iron 
castings did not contribute importantly to the closing of the subject 
facility. Further, as indicated by a former subject firm official, the 
subject facility was old and in need of much repair. SAR 80.
    Finally, in accordance with Section 246 of the Trade Act of 1974, 
as amended, the Department herein presents the results of its 
investigation regarding certification of eligibility to apply for ATAA.
    In order to apply the Department to issue a certification of 
eligibility to apply for ATAA, the subject worker group must be 
certified eligible to apply for TAA. Since the workers are being denied 
eligibility to apply for TAA, they cannot be certified eligible to 
apply for ATAA.

Conclusion

    After careful review of the findings of the second remand 
investigation, I affirm the notice of negative determination of 
eligibility to apply for worker adjustment assistance for workers and 
former workers of Citation Corporation, Camden, Tennessee.

    Signed at Washington, DC, this 26th day of July 2006.
Elliott S. Kushner,
Certifying Officer, Division of Trade Adjustment Assistance.
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