DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
Foreign-Trade Zones Board
[Docket No. 14-82]
47 FR 25390
June 11, 1982
Proposed Foreign-Trade Zone and Subzones, Harris County, Tex. (Houston Port
of Entry); Application and Public Hearing
TEXT: Notice is hereby given that an application has been submitted to the
Foreign-Trade Zones Board (the Board) by the Port of Houston Authority, a
Texas public corporation, requesting authority to establish a foreign-trade
zone in Harris County, Texas, within the Houston Customs port of entry. 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 June 3, 1982. The applicant is
authorized to make this proposal under Chapter 109, Acts 1977, 65th Texas
Legislature, May 4, 1977 (Article 14467, Vol. 3, Chapter 10 Vernon's
Annotated Civil Statutes).
The proposed zone project would cover over 1600 acres on 32 sites
within the jurisdictional area of the Port Authority in Harris County,
Texas. Fourteen sites totaling some 1000 acres would be available for
public use. Two of the sites covers 351 acres in the Port Authority's
Industrial Park West and Industrial Park East, with space available for
firms requiring separate facilities. Three additional parcels owned
by the Port Authority will be developed to accommodate container and bulk
The nine remaining public sites involve a public liquid bulk storage
facility and six general-purpose public warehousing facilities owned and
operated by seven different private firms.
Seven sites consisting of some 100 acres would be for the following
private non-manufacturing operations: Applebaum and Co., importing and
distributing commercial and industrial electronic products; Unibar/
Uniminerals, Inc., manipulating crushed barytes ore; Texas Steel Conversion,
forging and heat-treating oil-country tubular goods; Zakhem Overseas,
repairing and reexporting heavy machinery; NYCO International, Inc. (two
sites), blending lubricants; and Houston Export Crating Company,
assemblying custom shipping crates for exporting.
Eleven sites covering 450 acres are requested for the private
manufacturing operations of 9 firms as follows: a site for the Cameron
Iron Works, Oil Tools Division, which manufactures iron control and safety
valves for oil field equipment; three sites for Porta-Kamp, Inc., which
constructs prefabricated housing from steel, plywood and aluminum; a site
for the Hughes Tool Company which produces drilling tools and equipment;
and a site for Gassett Steel, Inc., which will manufacture steel gratings
for industrial platforms; one for Gundle Lining Systems, which produces
plastic liners; one for Adamson-Chronister Valves, Inc., which manufactures
steel gate valves for pipelines; one for Koride Chemicals, which processes
copper and organic compounds for pesticides; a site for C.E. American Pole
Structures, Inc., which manufactures steel electric utility poles; and a
site for Standco, which produces steel brake blocks and fasteners. The
eighteen foregoing manufacturing and non-manufacturing private-use sites
will be considered by the Board as separate requests for subzone status.
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: John J. Da Ponte, Jr., (Chairman), Director,
Foreign-Trade Zones Staff, U.S. Department of Commerce, Washington, D.C.
20230; Donald F. Kelly, Regional Commissioner, U.S. Customs Service,
Region VI, 500 Dallas Street, Houston, Texas 77002; and Colonel Alan L.
Laubscher, District Engineer, U.S. Army Engineer District Galveston, P.O.
Box 1229, Galveston, Texas 77553.
As part of its investigation, the Examiners Committee will hold a
public hearing on July 8, 1982, beginning at 9:00 a.m., in the Lecture
Room of World Trade Building, 1520 Texas Avenue, Houston. The purpose of
the hearing is to help inform interested parties about the proposal, to
provide an opportunity for their expression of views, and to obtain
information useful to the examiners.
Interested parties are invited to present their views at the hearing.
They should notify the Board's Executive Secretary of their desire to be
heard in writing at the address below or by phone (202/377-2862) by July
2. Instead of an oral presentation, written statements may be submitted
in accordance with the Board's regulations to the examiners committee, care
of the Executive Secretary, at any time from the date of this notice
through August 9, 1982. Evidence submitted during the post-hearing is
not desired unless it is clearly shown that the matter is new and
material and that there are good reasons why it could not be presented
at the hearing. A copy of the application and accompanying exhibits will
be available during this time for public inspection at each of the
Office of the Director,
U.S. Department of Commerce District Office,
2625 Federal Building,
515 Rusk Street,
Houston, Texas 77002
Office of the Executive Secretary,
Foreign-Trade Zones Board,
U.S. Department of Commerce, Room 3721,
14th and Constitution Ave., NW.,
Washington, D.C. 20230.
Dated: June 8, 1982.
John J. Da Ponte, Jr.,
[FR Doc. 82-15878 Filed 6-10-82; 8:45 am]
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