- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Not only is Mexico going to pay for a “big, beautiful” border wall (says Donald Trump), but a Mexican company already is offering to help build it.

According to a report by Reuters news agency, one of Mexico’s biggest construction firms has said it would provide cement and construction services for what would be one of the biggest public-works projects in decades.

The Chihuahua Cement Group (GCC in Spanish) is based in the Mexican border state of that name but does 70 percent of its business in the U.S. and has three factories north of the Rio Grande.

“We can’t be choosy,” company CEO Enrique Escalante told Reuters. “We’re an important producer in that area and we have to respect our clients on both sides of the border.”

Mr. Trump’s call for a wall to curb immigration along the U.S. southern border is widely viewed with contempt in Mexico, especially because of some of Mr. Trump’s rhetoric selling the wall.

But Mr. Escalante sees opportunities for GCC, and not only with the wall. He told Reuters that Mr. Trump’s plans for massive infrastructure and energy spending will be good business for his firm.

“For the business we’re in, Trump is a candidate that does favor the industry quite a bit,” he said.

Indeed, Reuters reported, GCC shares are at their highest since the Great Recession struck in 2008.

• Victor Morton can be reached at vmorton@washingtontimes.com.

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