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Foreign-Trade Zones Board
[Docket 24-97]
Foreign-Trade Zone 183--Austin, Texas and Foreign-Trade Subzone 
183A--Dell Computer Corporation; Application for Expansion

    An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board 
(the Board) by the Foreign Trade Zone of Central Texas, Inc., grantee 
of FTZ 183, requesting authority to expand Subzone 183A at the computer 
manufacturing facilities of Dell Computer Corporation (Dell) located in 
Austin, Texas. 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 
March 27, 1997.
    Subzone 183A was approved on November 16, 1992 (Board Order 607, 57 
FR 56902, 12/1/92) and expanded on December 23, 1996 (Board order 861, 
62 FR 1316, 1/9/97). The subzone currently consists of the following 
three sites: Site 1 (42.5 acres) located in the Braker Center 
Industrial Park, at the intersection of Braker Lane and Metric 
Boulevard; Site 2 (12 acres) McKalla 2 (124,000 sq. ft.) located at 
2500 McHale Court within the Rutland Center Industrial Park and McKalla 
I (135,000 sq. ft.) located at 10220 McKalla Drive; and, Site 3 (11 
acres) Research 1 (100,685 sq. ft.) located at 8801 Research Boulevard, 
Austin, Texas.
    The applicant is now requesting authority to expand existing Site 1 
to include the entire Braker Center Industrial Park (55 acres) and to 
include two additional sites: proposed Site 4 (33 acres, 546,750 sq ft) 
located in Metric Center at 2207 and 2209 Rutland Drive, 9709 Burnet 
Road and 2106 W. Rundberg in Austin; and proposed Site 5 (4 acres, 
61,676 sq ft) located in Longhorn Business Park at 2545 Brockton Drive 
in Austin.
    Dell is authorized to manufacture computers and related products 
under zone procedures within Subzone 183A. This proposal does not 
request any new manufacturing authority under FTZ procedures in terms 
of products or components, but it does involve a proposed increase in 
the plant's level of production under FTZ procedures corresponding to 
the increase in plant size.
    In accordance with the Board's regulations (as revised, 56 FR 
50790-50808, 10/8/91), a member of the FTZ Staff has been designated 
examiner to investigate the application and report to the Board.
    Public comment (original and 3 copies) is invited from interested 
parties (see FTZ Board address below). The closing date for their 
receipt is June 9, 1997. Rebuttal comments in response to material 
submitted during the foregoing period may be submitted during the 
subsequent 15-day period (to June 23, 1997).
    A copy of the application and accompanying exhibits will be 

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for public inspection at each of the following locations:

U.S. Department of Commerce, District Office, 410 East 5th Street, 
Suite 414-A, Austin, TX 78711;
Office of the Executive Secretary, Foreign-Trade Zones Board, U.S. 
Department of Commerce, Room 3716, 14th & Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, 
Washington, DC 20230.

    Dated: March 31, 1997.
John J. Da Ponte, Jr.,
Executive Secretary.
[FR Doc. 97-9116 Filed 4-8-97; 8:45 am]