Follow Dromone's lead and plant trees for a better Ireland
I noticed recently that Co Meath's Dromone Engineering had won yet another award, this time for a pick-up hitch, which seems to be one of its specialities.
It is really great to see an Irish firm beating global competition and doing so in the depths of a recession. Dromone produces top-quality innovative products that are sought after throughout the world and have been doing so for years from a location in the heart of rural Ireland.
Not only is it a large employer at a time when jobs are scarce everywhere, but it also exports more than 90pc of its produce. So how is it done? I am no expert when it comes to machinery and engineering but I had been to Dromone's factory a few weeks earlier, primarily to look at the trees and landscaping, and was immediately struck by the attractive appearance of the premises.
On arriving at the entrance gates, all I could see was woodland of mixed ages and species. Driving up the tree-lined avenue, edged with shrubs, I could not see the working area until I arrived at reception, and even the large buildings nearby were separated by clever planting. It was obvious that these are people who do things properly and the layout and tidiness of the place simply endorsed the quality of what was being produced within.
Maybe that all sounds over the top but when you think about the manner in which this firm has created an attractive workplace and the way in which it cares about the appearance of its premises, you begin to appreciate at least some of the reasons for its success. Dromone Engineering is not alone in this approach to both landscaping and screening yards and buildings -- and many successful farming and other businesses have done the same.
Some people know how to do things well and the evidence of Dromone's competence and ability is plain to see by looking at its working environment.
Unfortunately, many others do not bother and the signs of poor maintenance and a disregard for appearances can be found throughout the country.