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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
Foreign-Trade Zones Board
[Docket 7-96]

Foreign-Trade Zone 75--Phoenix, AZ, Application for Subzone
Status, Abbott Manufacturing, Inc., Plant (Infant Formula, Adult
Nutritional Products) Casa Grande, Arizona

An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board (the Board) by the City of Phoenix, grantee of FTZ 75, requesting special-purpose subzone status for export activity at the infant formula and adult nutritional products manufacturing plant of Abbott Manufacturing, Inc., (AMI) (a subsidiary of Abbott Laboratories, Inc.), located in Casa Grande, Arizona. 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 January 22, 1996.

The AMI plant (590,000 sq.ft. on 161 acres) is located at 1250 West Maricopa Highway, Casa Grande (Pinal County), Arizona, approximately 50 miles south of Phoenix. The facility (340 employees) is used to produce milk and sugar-based infant formula and adult nutritional products for export and the domestic market; however, zone procedures would be used only for production for export. The production process involves blending foreign, ex-quota milk powder and foreign, ex-quota sugar with domestically-sourced oils, soy isolates, vitamins and minerals, and EZO ends. Other foreign-sourced items that may be used in the export- blending activity include: cocoa powder, pharmaceutical grade fat emulsions, vitamins and minerals, and caseinates. All foreign-origin milk and sugar would be re-exported as finished blended products.

Zone procedures would exempt AMI from quota requirements and Customs duty payments on the foreign milk and sugar products used in the export activity. The application indicates that subzone status 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 April 1, 1996. Rebuttal comments in response to material submitted during the foregoing period may be submitted during the subsequent 15-day period (to April 16, 1996).

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, Phoenix Plaza, Suite 970, 2901 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85012 Office of the Executive Secretary, Foreign-Trade Zones Board, U.S. Department of Commerce, Room 3716, 14th Street & Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20230-0002.

Dated: January 24, 1996. John J. Da Ponte, Jr., Executive Secretary. [FR Doc. 96-1999 Filed 1-31-96; 8:45 am]