DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
Foreign-Trade Zones Board
Proposed Foreign-Trade Zone,
Kent, Ottawa and Muskegon Counties, Michigan;
Application and Public Hearing
Friday, October 11, 1991
An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board (the
Board) by the Kent, Ottawa, Muskegon Foreign Trade Zone Authority (KOM)
(an intergovernmental public corporation associated with the Counties of
Kent, Ottawa and Muskegon, Michigan), requesting authority to establish a
general- purpose foreign-trade zone at sites in the Counties of Kent,
Ottawa and Muskegon, Michigan, adjacent to the Grand Rapids 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 September 27,
1991. The applicant is authorized to make the proposal under Act 154 of the
Public Acts of Michigan of 1963.
The proposed general-purpose zone would consist of seven sites (277 acres):
Site 1 (29 acres)--Warehouse Systems Co., 44th Street and Clay Avenue, City
of Wyoming, Kent County, 6 miles west of the Kent County International
Airport; Site 2 (37 acres)--Great Lakes Dock and Materials Corp., 1920
Lakeshore Drive, City of Muskegon, Muskegon County; Site 3 (22 acres)--TLC
Warehousing Services, Inc., 8250 Logistic Drive, Zeeland Township, Ottawa
County; Site 4 (64 acres)-- Greenbrooke Associates Ltd., 5353 52nd Street,
Cascade Township, Kent County, adjacent to Kent County International
Airport; Site 5 (40 acres)--West Michigan Dock & Market Corp., 500 Mart
Street, City of Muskegon, Muskegon County; Site 6 (5 acres)--TLC
Warehousing Services, Inc., 449 Howard Avenue, Holland Township, Ottawa
County; and Site 7 (80 acres)--Kent County Aeronautics Board, 48th &
Thornapple River Drive, Cascade Township, Kent County. TLC Warehousing
Services, Inc. will serve as operator of Sites 1, 3 and 6. An application
for Site 3 is already pending with the Board. (Applicant: City of Battle
Creek, grantee of FTZ 43 (Doc. 29-91, 56 F.R. 25662, 6/5/91)--the site is
included in this application because KOM plans to assume the role of
grantee by agreement with Battle Creek.) KOM is in the process of selecting
operators for the remaining sites.
The application contains evidence of the need for zone services in the
Grand Rapids port of entry area. Several firms have expressed an interest
in using zone procedures for warehousing/distribution of products such as
office furniture, auto components, electronic equipment and machinery,
frozen and pre- packaged food products, and printing and publishing
equipment. No specific manufacturing approval is being sought at this time.
Such requests would be made to the Board on a case-by-case basis.
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), Foreign
-Trade Zones Staff, U.S. Department of Commerce, Washington, DC 20230;
William L. Morandini, District Director, U.S. Customs Service, North Central
Region, Patrick V. McNamara Building, 477 Michigan Avenue, Detroit, Michigan
48266; and Colonel Richard Kanda, District Engineer, U.S. Army Engineer
District, Detroit, P.O. Box 1027, Detroit, Michigan 48231-1027.
As part of its investigation, the examiners committee will hold a public
hearing at 9:00 a.m. on November 6, 1991 in room A, Kleiner Commons, Grand
Valley State University, Allendale, Michigan 49401.
Interested parties are invited to present their views at the hearing.
Persons wishing to testify should notify the Board's Executive Secretary in
writing at the address below or by phone (202/377-2862) by October 30,
1991. 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
December 6, 1991.
A copy of the application is available for public inspection at each of the
U.S. Department of Commerce, District Office,
300 Monroe NW.,
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503.
Office of the Executive Secretary,
Foreign-Trade Zones Board,
U.S. Department of Commerce, room 3716,
14th & Pennsylvania Avenue, NW.,
Washington, DC 20230.
Dated: October 4, 1991.
John J. Da Ponte, Jr.,
[FR Doc. 91-24650 Filed 10-10-91; 8:45 am]