President Trump’s proposed border wall has piqued the interest of more than 600 construction companies who are bidding to take on the project.
Interestingly, one of these companies is from Mexico. This is of particular note since the proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border has politically divided both Americans and Mexicans.
Companies that have exhibited some form of interest to aiding the endeavor include U.S. Concrete, KBR, Martin Marietta, Caddell Construction, and Fluor. Some of these companies are offering a list of services to support the Trump administration, including construction, consulting, lighting, and video surveillance.
Ted Atalla, an Egyptian immigrant to the U.S., who now owns a small business selling LED lights called EcoVelocity in Puebla, Mexico, considers himself a Trump supporter and is the lone Mexican-based business putting in a bid for the wall’s construction. “I’ve been defending what we’ve been doing over there,” Atalla told CNBC. “I think it’s a good thing.”
CNBC has provided a graphic that breaks down the demographics of individuals and companies staking a bid for the construction, which will be a $4 billion project. In the breakdown, 133 companies are owned or operated by minorities. Nearly 40 were owned by Hispanics alone. The report also shows 127 were run by women, and around 80 are owned by veterans.
The graphic can be viewed below:
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