A Mexican cement maker is ready to lend its services to President-elect Donald Trump to build the wall he wants to erect on the southern border of the United States to curb illegal immigration.
‘We can’t be choosy,’ Enrique Escalante, Chief Executive Officer of Grupo Cementos de Chihuahua said in an interview with Reuters.
‘We’re an important producer in that area and we have to respect our clients on both sides of the border.’
President-elect Donald Trump could get help building ‘a big, beautiful, powerful wall’ along the length of the U.S.-Mexico border – like this section near McAllen, Texas – from a MEXICAN concrete company
Trump, a real estate and construction tycoon, told crowds at his campaign rallies that he could easily using prefabricated and reinforced concrete slabs to build a towering wall nearly 2,000 miles long
Trump, a Republican, campaigned vowing to build a ‘big, beautiful, powerful’ wall across the 2,000 mile frontier in order to stop illegal immigrants from Mexico, which he accused of sending rapists and drug traffickers north.
The campaign of the New York businessman who has never previously held public office was widely reviled in Mexico.
Parts of the border are already divided by high fences, and a huge part of the boundary runs along the Rio Grande river.
Based in Chihuahua, a large northern state bordering Texas and New Mexico, GCC is one of the biggest construction materials companies in Mexico. It generates around 70 percent of its sales in the United States, where it also has three plants.
U.S. Border Patrol is tasked with catching and removing illegal immigrants as they cross the border into the United States, but Trump believes a wall will take the pressure off
Escalante said Trump’s plans to invest in energy and infrastructure in the United States augured well for the firm.
‘For the business we’re in, Trump is a candidate that does favor the industry quite a bit,’ Escalante said.
GCC, whose shares are trading at their highest levels since 2008, is 23 percent owned by Mexican multinational cement company Cemex, which at the end of September announced plans to sell its stake.