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                             DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE 
                           Foreign-Trade Zones Board 
 
                                 [Docket 37-88] 
 
                                  53 FR 48281 
 
                               November 30, 1988 
 
 
Foreign-Trade Zone 46; Cincinnati, OH; Application for Expansion of Subzone
46B Honda Auto Plant, Union County, OH 
 
TEXT: An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board
(the Board) by the Greater Cincinnati Foreign-Trade Zone, Inc. (GCFTZ), 
grantee of FTZ 46, requesting authority to expand the automobile and 
motorcycle assembly plant of Honda of America Manufacturing, Inc. (Honda),
in Union County, Ohio, to include additional facilities in Logan and Union
Counties, Ohio. 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 
November 14, 1988. 
 
   The Honda plant (6,500 employees), located on Highway 33 in Union County,
Ohio, some 35 miles northwest of Columbus, was first authorized as a subzone
in January 1979 for the manufacture of motorcycles (Board Order 141, 
1/12/79). An expansion was approved in May 1982 to include an adjacent 
automobile manufacturing facility (Board Order 191, 5/14/82). 
 
   The proposed expansion calls for an additional manufacturing plant 
(1.2 mil. sq. ft.), located on a 7,500-acre tract adjacent to the present
site. The new area includes an 8-mile test track, and research facility 
operated on the former site of the Transportation and Research Center of 
Ohio. The new facility will be used to produce some 150,000 additional 
subcompact automobiles per year (current capacity 360,000). The level of 
domestic sourcing of parts and material for the expanded operation is 
expected to exceed the current level of 50 percent. Exports are currently 
at 3 percent of production, but are expected to account for over 10 percent
within 3 years. 
 
   In accordance with the Board's regulations, an examiners committee has
been designated to investigate the application and report to the Board. The
committee consists of: Dennis Puccinelli (Chairman), Foreign-Trade Zones 
Staff, U.S. Department of Commerce, Washington, DC 20230; John F. Nelson,
District Director, U.S. Customs Service, North Central Region, 6th Floor,
Plaza Nine Building, 55 Erieview Plaza, Cleveland, Ohio 44114; and Colonel
Thomas E. Farewell, District Engineer, U.S. Army Engineer District 
Huntington, 502 8th Street, Huntington, West Virginia 25701-2070. 
 
   Comments concerning the proposed expansion are invited in writing from 
interested parties. They should be addressed to the Board's Executive 
Secretary at the address below and postmarked on or before January 15, 1989.
 
   A copy of the application is available for public inspection at each of
the following locations: 

Port Director's Office, 
U.S. Customs Service, 
Port Columbus International Airport, 
4600 17th Avenue, Room 221, 
Columbus, Ohio 43219.  
 
 
Office of the Executive Secretary, 
Foreign-Trade Zones Board, 
U.S. Department of Commerce, 
14th and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Room 2835, 
Washington, DC 20230.  
 
   Dated: November 25, 1988. 
 
 
John J. DaPonte, Jr., 
 
   Executive Secretary.   
[FR Doc. 88-27581 Filed 11-29-88; 8:45 am] 
 
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