| MEXICO CITY
MEXICO CITY Nov 23 A Mexican cement maker is
ready to lend its services to U.S. President-elect Donald Trump
to build the wall he wants to erect on the southern border of
the United States to curb immigration.
"We can't be choosy," Enrique Escalante, Chief Executive
Officer of Grupo Cementos de Chihuahua (GCC) said in an
interview. "We're an important producer in that area and we have
to respect our clients on both sides of the border."
Republican Trump campaigned vowing to build a "big,
beautiful, powerful" wall across the 2,000 mile (3,200 km)
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.
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.
(Reporting by Roberto Aguilar and Noe Torres; editing by Dave
Graham and Grant McCool)