DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
Foreign-Trade Zones Board
[Docket No. 4-87]
52 FR 19547
May 26, 1987
Proposed Foreign-Trade Zone, Knoxville, TN; Port of Entry Area; Application
and Public Hearing
TEXT: An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board
(the Board) by the Industrial Development Board of Blount County, Tennessee,
a Tennessee public corporation, requesting authority to establish a general-
purpose foreign-trade zone at sites in Knox, Blount and Anderson Counties,
Tennessee, adjacent to the Knoxville 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 May 12, 1987. The applicant is authorized to
make this proposal under Chapter 41 of the Public Acts of the State of
The proposed foreign-trade zone would cover 14.3 acres on three sites.
Site 1 is a 120,000 square foot warehouse within the Bill Mullins Warehouse
Park on Prosser Road, Knoxville, Knox County. Valley Storage, Inc., the park
operator, will operate the zone. Site 2 comprises 5.1 acres within the
Blount County Industrial Park on State Route 321, 1 mile west of Route 129
in Blount County, 5 miles south of McGhee Tyson Airport. The park is owned
by the applicant. Site 3 comprises 6.5 acres within the Valley Industrial
Park, State Route 62 and Union Valley Road, Oak Ridge, Anderson County. The
park is owned by the City of Oak Ridge.
The application contains evidence of the need for zone services in the
Knoxville port of entry area. Several firms have indicated an interest in
using zone procedures for the storage/distribution of products such as
automotive components, industrial tools and machinery, electronic items,
and apparel. No requests for manufacturing approval are being sought at
this time. Such requests will 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), Director, Foreign-
Trade Zones Staff, U.S. Department of Commerce, Washington, DC 20230; Joel
R. Mish, District Director, U.S. Customs Service, South Central Region, 423
Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70130; and Colonel Edward A. Starbird,
District Engineer, U.S. Army Engineer District Nashville, P.O. Box 1070,
Nashville, TN 37202.
As part of its investigation, the examiners committee will hold a public
hearing on June 26, 1987, beginning at 9:00 a.m., in the Small Assembly
Room of the City-County Building, 400 Main Street, Knoxville, TN 37902.
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 June 19, 1987.
Instead of a oral presentation, written statements may be submitted in
accordance with the Board's regulations to the examiners a committee, care
of the Executive Secretary, at any time from the date of this notice through
August 10, 1987.
A copy of the application and accompanying exhibits will be available
during this time for public inspection at each of the following locations:
Knoxville Chamber of Commerce,
301 Church Avenue,
Knoxville, TN 37901
Office of the Executive Secretary,
Foreign-Trade Zones Board,
U.S. Department of Commerce, Room 1529,
Washington, DC 20230
Dated: May 18, 1987.
Acting Executive Secretary.
[FR Doc. 87-11904 Filed 5-22-87; 8:45 am]
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