An­napo­lis Junc­tion firm to build Trump wall pro­to­type

Baltimore Sun - - HARVEY’S AFTERMATH - —As­so­ci­ated Press

ELTA North Amer­ica, an Is­raeli-owned de­fense man­u­fac­turer with U.S. head­quar­ters in An­napo­lis Junc­tion, is one of four com­pa­nies awarded con­tracts Thurs­day to build pro­to­types for the wall Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump wants to build on the U.S. bor­der with Mex­ico. The pro­to­types an­nounced Thurs­day by U.S. Cus­toms and Bor­der Pro­tec­tion are for four seethrough walls. Last week, it an­nounced con­tracts for pro­to­types for four con­crete walls. The eight pro­to­types will cost a to­tal of $3.6 mil­lion and will be built in San Diego, prob­a­bly this fall. The other three com­pa­nies an­nounced Thurs­day are Cad­dell Con­struc­tion Co. of Mont­gomery, Ala.; KWR Con­struc­tion Inc. of Sierra Vista, Ariz.; and W. G. Yates & Sons Con­struc­tion Co. of Philadel­phia, Miss. The wall was a sig­na­ture is­sue in Trump’s cam­paign last year. He promised that Mex­ico would pay for it, but Mex­ico has re­fused. He is push­ing Congress to fund it, but faces strong op­po­si­tion from Democrats. ELTA North Amer­ica opened a new, 21,500-square-foot head­quar­ters fa­cil­ity in An­napo­lis Junc­tion in May. The radar man­u­fac­turer works on Is­rael’s “Iron Dome” anti-mis­sile sys­tem and has been in­volved in de­vel­op­ing re­sponses to drones. ELTA is owned by Is­rael Aero­space In­dus­tries.

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