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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE [Docket 42-96] Foreign-Trade Zone 43--Battle Creek, Michigan Area; Application for Expansion An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board (the Board) by the City of Battle Creek, Michigan, grantee of FTZ 43, requesting authority to expand its zone to include a site in Lawton, Michigan, adjacent to the Battle Creek 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 20, 1996.
FTZ 43 was approved on October 19, 1978 (Board Order 138, 43 FR 50233; 10/27/78). Since then the zone has been expanded three times (B.O.s 496, 554 & 555). The zone currently consists of three sites in the Battle Creek area: Site 1: (1,731 acres)--within the Fort Custer Industrial Park and adjacent Columbia West Industrial Park, Battle Creek; Site 2: (23 acres)--warehouse facility owned and operated by TLC Warehousing Services, Inc. (TLC), at 6677 Beatrice Drive in Texas Township (Kalamazoo County); and Site 3: (22 acres)--warehouse facility, also operated by TLC, at 8250 Logistic Drive, Zeeland Township (Ottawa County), some 20 miles southwest of Grand Rapids. An application to include a site in Benton Harbor (Berrien County), Michigan, is currently pending (Doc. 37-96, 61 FR 25190; 5/20/96) with the Board.
The applicant is now requesting authority to expand the general- purpose zone to include a site (14 acres) located at the facilities of Honee Bear Canning, 72100 Highway M-40 South, Lawton (Van Buren County), Michigan, within 40 miles of the Battle Creek Customs Port of Entry. Honee Bear, a division of Packers Canning Inc., uses the facility to provide warehousing and labeling services for customers in the canned food products industry.
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 July 29, 1996. Rebuttal comments in response to material submitted during the foregoing period may be submitted during the subsequent 15-day period (to August 13, 1996).
A copy of the application and accompanying exhibits will be available for public inspection at each of the following locations:
Port Director's Office, U.S. Customs Service, North Central Region, 4950 W. Dickman Road, Battle Creek, Michigan 49016 Office of the Executive Secretary, Foreign-Trade Zones Board, U.S. Department of Commerce, Room 3716, 14th & Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20230
Dated: May 22, 1996. Dennis Puccinelli, Acting Executive Secretary. [FR Doc. 96-13586 Filed 5-29-96; 8:45 am]