For a media on the hunt for tales of US manufacturing woe, a story from The Daily Telegraph in the UK turns the tables this week. The newspaper reports on a US firm that is seeing huge growth in its sales to China. But the bigger surprise is the product: chopsticks.
China gets through 63 billion sets of disposable chopsticks every year, but it is running low on wood. Enter Georgia Chopsticks, from the southern US state, and now working round the clock to meet demand. The entrepreneur behind this success story is Jae Lee, who told the Telegraph: “When I opened this business the reaction of my friends and family was ‘Are you crazy? Making chopsticks here?’ But we’ve shown you can make something happen.” Lee employs 60 people, and thanks to Georgia’s abundance of poplar and sweet gum trees, prospects look good. By year-end, he expects China sales to reach 10 million pairs a day…
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