North American Free Trade Agreement

Baltimore company had big role in NAFTA passage

Baltimore company had big role in NAFTA passage

The success in renegotiating NAFTA offers a useful opportunity to look back over 25 years to its first passage and its impact on one Baltimore company, Ellicott Dredges.

Ellicott, which was already a 100-plus year old manufacturer and exporter of dredging equipment (its dredges were used in the original construction of the Panama Canal), unwittingly became the national poster child for NAFTA. The campaign to approve it gave everyone who worked at Ellicott unforgettable experiences and appreciation for the politics of trade.

In 1993, Bill Clinton assumed office after George H.W. Bush’s administration had made passage of NAFTA its key economic and diplomatic priority....

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