August 9, 2022 FTZ Operator Celebration

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Attend 3rd Annual Meeting – October 6th

Why AttendSupply chain constraints are impacting our economy, and we see it daily in our homes and businesses. This event will highlight two specific tools to mitigate supply-chain risk, speed-up supply-chain timelines and reduce real costs: Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) and Reshoring. Leave with a strategy to become a more valuable supplier to your customers, […]

FTZ #176 Releases 2020 Annual Report

Despite the uncertainty throughout the global economy at the beginning of 2020, the year finished strong across many indicators for industrial and distribution sectors. One of the predominant impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic has been an increase in lead times throughout the supply chain, and reduction of overall supply. Companies are seeing price increases and […]

FTZ #176 2020 Annual Meeting Debrief

October, 2020 On October 6th, FTZ #176 held its 2nd Annual Meeting to highlight the FTZ as an important tool for economic development. The event featured a keynote presentation from Bob Hess, a founding member and shareholder of the Site Selector’s Guild and Vice Chairman of Newmark Knight Frank. Bob highlighted the competitive position of […]

FTZ #176 2nd Annual Meeting

Foreign-Trade Zones will play a key role in the future of our complex global trade environment. Learn about FTZ #176, and hear a keynote presentation from Bob Hess, a founding shareholder in the Site Selectors Guild about the competitiveness of the State of Illinois for foreign direct investment. Who should attend? Manufacturing and distribution companies […]

FTZ #176 Releases 2019 Annual Report

With a record number of activated foreign-trade zone sites, the program has been a “lifeline” to Northern Illinois companies April 13, 2020 (Rockford, IL) – With a record number of activated foreign-trade zone (FTZ) sites in Northern Illinois, the Greater Rockford Airport Authority and Zethmayr LLC submitted the 2019 annual report on behalf of FTZ […]

2019 FTZ #176 Annual Meeting

Attend the first annual FTZ #176 annual meeting at the Greater Rockford Airport Authority on September 17th. Learn about the Foreign-Trade Zone program and how it can help you reduce cost and mitigate risk for your global supply chain. Click here to register! September 17, 20194:00 – 6:30pmGreater Rockford Airport Authority60 Airport Dr., Rockford IL […]



FTZ #176: Our History and our Partners

Foreign Trade Zones tend to be pictured as warehouses on airport property, a third-party warehouse where companies can store imported inventory to defer and reduce import tariffs. While FTZ #176 was first established by the Greater Rockford Airport Authority, its growing number of partners now span industries and manufacturing across an 11-county region in northern […]

How FTZ #176 can save your business time and money

As manufacturers and distributors continue to be plagued with growing supply-chain costs and constraints, Foreign Trade Zone #176 is a tool that’s been available in Northern Illinois for more than 30 years to help companies reduce costs, tighten supply-chain timelines, and carry more inventory. Following the pandemic, inventory management practices have rebalanced from “just-in-time” to […]

Common Myths of the Foreign-Trade Zone Program

What is… and what isn’t… a Foreign-Trade Zone? When discussing foreign-trade zones (FTZs), the conversation can get really complicated. To quickly highlight the benefits of operating as a foreign trade zone, it is beneficial to first clear up common myths that often cause confusion. If a company operates its facility as a foreign-trade zone, it […]