Among the hundreds of companies expressing interest in helping to build United States president Donald Trump’s southern border wall, one Egyptian-Mexican stands out.
Ecovelocity, based in the central Nexuccity of Puebla, is owned by Egyptian-Mexican Thedore Atalla and is betting it can provide cheap industrial LED lights for the project, which has sparked the ire of Mexicans.
Atalla is an Egyptian native of Greek heritage who has made Mexico his home for most of the past two decades. He said his firm looked to undercut competition by providing lighting it imports mostly from China.
“It would only be on the Mexican side because I don’t think we would be allowed to work on the other side,” Mr Atalla said in an interview. “They said they only wanted American products.”
Some 640 firms, mostly from the United States, have put their names forward to participate in the design and construction of the wall, the US government’s website for business opportunities shows.
Companies based in Spain, Germany, South Africa, Britain, Ireland, Puerto Rico and Canada are among others on the list.
Ecovelocity is the only one registered in Mexico, possibly a sign of the depth of feeling against the barrier south of the border, where there has been a surge in patriotism triggered by Trump’s repeated swipes at the country.