Every once in a while, China needs some U.S. help.
When struck recently with a timber shortage, the Chinese market looked to Georgia Chopsticks, based in Americus, Ga., which began making 2 million sets a day out of native Georgia sweet gum and poplar trees. It's been such a successful export that Georgia has increased capacity to 10 million pairs a day. If that sounds impossible, consider that Chinese companies make about 63 billion chopsticks a year, while Japan burns through another 23 billion.-- Written by Jason Notte in Boston. >To contact the writer of this article, click here: Jason Notte. >To follow the writer on Twitter, go to http://twitter.com/notteham. >To submit a news tip, send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.