Egg roll manufacturer sets up in Kingsland

||Egg roll manufacturer sets up in Kingsland

This article originally from Tribune & Georgian

by Jill Helton

Camden County’s newest manufacturer, Foodie’ J, recently started production this month at its factory in Kingsland.

Members of the Camden County Chamber of Commerce and the Joint Development Authority toured the production facility last week.

They presented owners Xiao Lei Jiang and Weiyi Xu with a certificate welcoming them to the community and declaring Kingsland the “Egg Roll Capital of Georgia.”

Foodie’ J is operating out of a rented building they renovated to include cold storage and a loading dock. The factory is located at the west end of William Avenue, but is visible from Georgia Highway 40.

They produce 2 and 3 ounce egg rolls, which are frozen and shipped to commercial customers. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has office space on site to make sure the plant is in compliance with national food standards.

The nexus of the operation is the machine that takes the small egg roll wrappers and fills them with cooked pork and vegetables. They roll off the assembly line, ready for frying and flash freezing.

Temperature is carefully controlled and monitored throughout the process so that each egg roll leaves the plant in a perfectly preserved state.

Foodie’ J is currently running two shifts and plans to hire about 10 more people in the coming months. Those who are interested should contact WorkSource Georgia at (912) 659-4271 or visit them online at worksourcecoastal.org

the JDA helped the company secure a low-interest loan through a regional revolving loan fund to help with building.

Having more than 15 years in the Chinese restaurant business, the Foodie’ J investors had recognized a major weakness in the U.S. market for this particular product. They also own China King, located in Camden Woods shopping center in Kingsland.

“With so many restaurants here, there are only two manufacturers of pre-made egg rolls in the United States,” Jiang said. “So most restaurants make their own, which is costly and time consuming.”

After finding an automated system that could produce a quality egg roll, their marketing study confirmed that restaurants in the Southeast were interested in their product.

They have invested years and hundreds of thousands of dollars of their own money to develop the idea and see it through to the point they are at today, Xu said.

 

This article originally from Tribune & Georgian

by Jill Helton

2018-05-21T14:14:08-04:00 April 26th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |