But maybe South Dakota can cash in just a little bit. Grupo Cementos de Chihuahua—GCC— is angling to bid on Trump’s folly:
“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.”
…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.
…”For the business we’re in, Trump is a candidate that does favor the industry quite a bit,” Escalante said [Roberto Aguilar and Noe Torres, “Mexican Cement Maker Ready to Help Trump Build Border Wall,” Reuters, 2016.11.23].
GCC bought South Dakota’s state cement plant in Rapid City in 2001. GCC also has plants in Tijeras, New Mexico, and Pueblo, Colorado. Dang—if we had kept that Rapid City plant, we could have cashed in and had extra money to pay for that wall we want to build around the Capitol in Pierre. Then again, maybe we’d have the cash on hand to pay for our Capitol wall if we weren’t giving GCC a $1.6-million tax break for expanding their Rapid City plant.
By the way, in 2012, legal immigrants made up 11.1% of the construction and extraction industry’s workforce; workers here illegally made up another 14.2%. A 2006 report found illegal immigrants made up 21% of cement masons. Naturally, contractors will want to make sure their crews stand on the shady side of the wall while building.