Conventional wisdom is that rioting -- or police forces that are preparing for rioting -- are bad for business. Anarchy doesn't tend to create profit. But what if you're with a California company that molds components for riot control body shields? Eve Troeh, reporting today for American Public Media's Marketplace program, tells the story of Paulson Manufacturing Corp. of Temecula, Calif., an injection molder of security products. President and CEO Roy Paulson told Troeh that the company knew that unrest was coming to Greece "long before it was in the news," because the Greek government placed orders for hundreds of thousands of dollars of equipment, well in advance. For a while, Paulson was worried about Greece's ability to pay for the order. But eventually the goods were shipped, and now Paulson says he's comfortable with the business, because banks and the European Union are supporting the government. If you're worried about too much peace and prosperity creating havoc for Paulson Manufacturing, don't sweat. The company also makes protection products used in industrial environments and by fire & rescue forces.
When riots are good for business
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