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Foreign-Trade Zone 176 - Rockford, Illinois Area, Application for Expansion

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An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones Board (the Board) by the Greater Rockford Airport Authority, grantee of FTZ 176, requesting authority to expand FTZ 176, in the Rockford, Illinois area, adjacent to the Rockford 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 December 21, 2005.

FTZ 176 was approved on March 1, 1991 (Board Order 511, 56 FR 10409, 3/12/91). The zone project currently consists of the following sites in the Rockford, Illinois area: Site 1 (1,972 acres) industrial park area of the Greater Rockford Airport on Route F.A. 179; Site 1a (2 acres) warehouse facilities at 1635 New Milford School Road (82,200 sq. ft.) and 1129 Eighteenth Avenue (12,871 sq. ft.), Rockford; Site 2 (6 acres) warehouse at 500 South Independence Avenue, Rockford; Site 3 (566 acres, 2 parcels) CenterPoint Industrial Park (366 acres), north of the intersection of Route 38 and Brush Grove Road, Rochelle, and, Interstate Transportation Center industrial park (200 acres), west side of state Highway 38; Site 4 (304 acres, 3 parcels)-LogistiCenter, southwest corner of I-39 and I-88, Rochelle; Site 5 (53 acres)- South Rochelle industrial park (53 acres), south side of Rochelle on State Highway 251 and Veterans Parkway; and, Site 6 (74 acres)-Rolling Hills Industrial Park, 2200 Lakeshore Drive, Woodstock.

The applicant is requesting authority to expand the general-purpose zone to include an additional site (133 acres) at the Crossroads Commerce Center, located at Interstate 88 and Main Street, in Rochelle (Ogle County), Illinois. No specific manufacturing requests are being made at this time. Such requests would be made to the Board on a case-by-case basis.

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.

Pubic comment on the application is invited from interested parties. Submissions (original and 3 copies) shall be addressed to the Board's Executive Secretary at one of the following addresses below:

1. Submissions via Express/Package Delivery Services: Foreign-Trade Zones Board, U.S. Department of Commerce, Franklin Court Building-Suite 4100W, 1099 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005; or

2. Submissions via U.S. Postal Service: Foreign-Trade Zones Board, U.S. Department of Commerce, FCB-4100W, 1401 Constitution Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20230.

The closing period for their receipt is March 6, 2006. Rebuttal comments in response to material submitted during the foregoing period may be submitted during the subsequent 15-day period (to March 20, 2006).

A copy of the application will be available for public inspection at the Office of the Foreign-Trade Zone Board's Executive Secretary at address No. 1 listed above and the U.S. Export Assistance Center, 515 N. Court St., Rockford, IL 61103.

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Dated: December 21, 2005.

Dennis Puccinelli,

Executive Secretary.

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[FR Doc. E5-8278 Filed 1-3-06; 8:45 am]