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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
[Docket 3-96]


Foreign-Trade Zone 147, Reading, Pennsylvania Area; Application
for Expansion

An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board (the Board) by the Foreign Trade Zone Corporation of Southeastern Pennsylvania, grantee of Foreign-Trade Zone 147, requesting authority to expand its zone in Reading, Pennsylvania, to include additional sites in the Counties of Berks and York, adjacent to the Philadelphia and Harrisburg Customs ports 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 January 17, 1996.

FTZ 147 was approved on June 28, 1988 (Board Order 378, 53 FR 26094, 7/11/88). The zone project currently consists of 3 industrial park parcels (200 acres) at the 865-acre Reading Municipal Airport, operated by the Reading Municipal Airport Authority.

The applicant now requests authority to expand the existing zone to include the entire 865-acre Airport complex (Site 1), and add five new sites. Three of the new sites (Sites 4-6) are being requested as part of a cooperative effort with York County officials. Two of the sites in York County involve a number of individual parcels which are considered by the applicant to be an integral part of areas within the City of York which have special status in the City's economic development plan.

The new sites are as follows: Site 2 (6.64 acres) - 2nd Street and Grand Street, Hamburg (Berks County), owned and operated by Hamkm International and KMX International; Site 3 (160.71 acres) - Excelsior Industrial Park, Maiden Creek Township, Berks County, owned by Can Corporation of America, Inc., and DiGiorgio Mushroom Corp.; Site 4 consists of 6 separate but related parcels within the International Trade District of York (1,440 acres): Parcel A (1,356 acres) - manufacturing facility at 225 North Emigsville Road, York, owned by Baker Refractories; Parcel B (26.64 acres) - East Berlin and Zarfoss Roads, York, owned by Pfaltzgraff Co.; Parcel C (37.23 acres) - Emons Bids Rail Yard, 2790 West Market Street, West Manchester Township, York, owned by the Emons Transportation Group, Inc.; Parcel D (11.69 acres) - 500 Lincoln Street, York, owned and operated by the Precision Components Corp.; Parcel E (6.6 acres) - the Industrial Plaza of York, Roosevelt Avenue and West Philadelphia Street, York, owned and operated by the York County Industrial Development Corp.; Parcel F (2 acres) - the Central York Warehouse, 100 East Hay Street, York, owned and operated by the Emons Transportation Group, Inc.; Site 5 consists of 6 separate parcels (54.29 acres) within the Penn Township Industrial Park (PTIP), a project of the York County Industrial Development Authority: Parcel A (10.55 acres) - 762 Wilson Avenue, York, owned by PennTown Properties; Parcel B (7.88 acres) - adjacent to Parcel A North, York, owned by the York County Industrial Development Authority; Parcel C (9.82 acres) - 14 Barnhart Drive, York, owned by PennTown Properties, within the PTIP; Parcel D (2.36 acres) - 16 Barnhart Drive, York, owned by PennTown Properties and used by SmithKline Beecham Health Care-North America; Parcel E (15.06 acres) - SmithKline Beecham Health Care-North America, 26 Barnhart Drive, York; Parcel F (8.63 acres) - PTIP Lots #32, 34, 37 and 38, adjoins Parcel E, owned by the York County Industrial Development Authority; and, Site 6 (27.25 acres) - Hanover Terminal, Center Street at CSX Railroad, Hanover.

No specific manufacturing requests are being made at this time. Such requests would be made to the Board on a case-by-case basis. (The application indicates that Baker Refractories and Precision Components Corp. intend to file a request for FTZ manufacturing authority for their operations within proposed Site 4.)

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 on the application is invited from interested parties. Submissions (original and 3 copies shall be addressed to the Board's Executive Secretary at the address below. The closing period for their receipt is [March 26, 1996.] Rebuttal comments in response to material submitted during the foregoing period may be submitted during the subsequent 15-day period (to April 10, 1996).

A copy of the application and accompanying exhibits will be available for public inspection at each of the following locations:

Berks County Chamber of Commerce Offices, 645 Penn Street, Reading, PA 19601 York County Industrial Development Corporation, One Market Way East, York, PA 17401 Office of the Executive Secretary, Foreign-Trade Zones Board, Room 3716, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20230

Dated: January 18, 1996. John J. Da Ponte, Jr., Executive Secretary. [FR Doc. 96-1312 Filed 1-25-96; 8:45 am]