Georgia chopsticks  

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.

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