This week has dripped with irony.
On Wednesday I traveled to a press event at Combilift, a forklift and material handling equipment manufacturer several hours northwest of Dublin, in the rolling green hills of County Monaghan. The company exports most of its vehicles and keeps much of its supply base local, a practice that has won the company numerous awards from Irish commerce organizations. The forklift-maker has achieved something local business groups anywhere would applaud. It manufactures locally, sells globally.
Then, well, there’s this volcano, which has brought a portion of global business to its knees.