Applications, hearings, determinations, etc.: Dell Computer Corp.; servers and workstations,

[Federal Register: June 23, 1998 (Volume 63, Number 120)]


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Foreign-Trade Zones Board

[Docket 30-98]

Foreign-Trade Zone 183--Austin, Texas, Application for Expansion and Request for Manufacturing Authority (Servers and Work Stations)

An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones (FTZ) Board (the Board) by the Foreign-Trade Zone of Central Texas, Inc., grantee of FTZ 183, requesting authority to expand its zone in the Austin, Texas area, and requesting on behalf of Dell Computer Corporation, authority to manufacture servers and workstations under zone procedures within FTZ 183 (Austin 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 filedon June 11, 1998.

FTZ 183 was approved on December 23, 1991 (Board Order 550, 57 FR 42, 1/2/92). The zone currently consists of seven sites in the Austin, Texas area:

Site 1--Austin Enterprise site (317 acres), consisting of seven parcels within the Austin Enterprise Zone Area along Highway 290 and the Ben White Boulevard-Montopolis Drive area, Austin;

Site 2--Balcones Research site (50 acres), located in north central Austin at the intersection of Burnett Road and Longhorn Boulevard;

Site 3--High Tech Corridor site (762 acres), consisting of ten parcels located along I-35, 14 miles north of downtown Austin (site straddles Austin-Round Rock city line);

Site 4--Cedar Park site (122 acres), some eight miles northwest of the Austin city limits, in Williamson County;

Site 5--Round Rock ``SSC'' site (246 acres), consisting of two parcels located along I-35 between Chandler Road and Westinghouse Road on the northern edge of the City of Round Rock;

Site 6--Georgetown site (246 acres), located along I-35 and U.S. 81, south of downtown Georgetown;

Site 7--San Marcos site (40 acres), located within the San Marcos Municipal Airport facility in eastern San Marcos, adjacent to State Highway 21, on the Hays County/Caldwell County line.

(An expansion request (Doc. 63-97) is currently pending with the FTZ Board to expand FTZ 183 to include the MET Center industrial park (200 acres) located between U.S. Highway 183 South and State Highway 71 East in southeast Austin.)

The applicant is now requesting authority to expand Site 3 to include 574 acres approximately two miles south of the High-Tech Corridor site, just east of I-35 on Parmer Lane in the City of Austin (Travis County) near the Williamson County border. This proposed expansion will expand the site to 1,336 acres.

The application also requests authority on behalf of Dell Computer Corporation to manufacture servers and workstations within FTZ 183 (within the proposed expansion area). Dell is already authorized to manufacture computers and related products, including servers and workstations, under zone procedures within Subzone 183A. Dell is building a 300,000 square foot facility (the ``Enterprise Systems Facility'') within the proposed Site 3 expansion area, and plans to transfer a portion of its manufacturing operations to the new facilities to meet requirements for additional capacity required by its growing server and workstation businesses. 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 Dell's level of production under FTZ procedures within the FTZ 183 project overall corresponding to the proposed increase in facilities.

In accordance with the Board's regulations, 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 August 24, 1998. Rebuttal comments in response to material submitted during the foregoing period may be submitted during the subsequent 15-day period (to September 8, 1998).

A copy of the application and accompanying exhibits will be available

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for public inspection at each of the following locations:

U.S. Department of Commerce, Export Assistance Center 1700 Congress, 2nd Floor, Austin, TX 78711 Office of the Executive Secretary, Foreign-Trade Zones Board, Room 3716, U.S. Department of Commerce 14th & Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20230.

Dated: June 12, 1998. Dennis Puccinelli, Acting Executive Secretary.

[FR Doc. 98-16682Filed6-22-98; 8:45 am]