John Concannon, managing director of Tuam, Ireland-based plastics rotational molder, pipe extruder and recycler JFC Manufacturing Ltd., hasn't had a typical career as a manufacturing company entrepreneur. Concannon became something of a celebrity in 1987 when he appeared on the popular Irish talk show "The Late Late Show" to highlight an invention -- a special three-part bucket that allowed farmers to easily carry more food to hungry calves. Now Concannon is in the spotlight again. Yesterday he was featured in "The Secret Millionaire," a new program on Ireland's RaidiÃ³ TeilifÃs Ãireann (RTE). I didn't see the program. But from what I can tell from the thoroughly positive reviews, Concannon came across quite genuine and likeable. Few plastics processors would follow in Concannon's shoes and try to make a name for themselves -- and their companies -- on TV talk shows and reality programs. But it's definitely been effective for JFC Manufacturing.
Irish molder or TV star?
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