Molly Hemstreet

Molly Hemstreet

Founder, Opportunity Threads

Molly Hemstreet is a native of Morganton, NC where she continues to work and raise her family. After attending Duke University she returned home to teach in the public school system. She then worked for the Center for Participatory Change organizing economic development initiatives across rural Western NC in a response to the need for fair livelihoods. In 2008 she founded Opportunity Threads, currently the largest, US based worker-owned, cut and sew facility. She also co-founded the Carolina Textile District in 2013, a strategic value chain supporting the resurgence of textiles across the Carolinas. Molly serves on the board of the US Federation of Worker-Cooperatives. She loves being with her family and when she has time she likes to play the fiddle.

Opportunity Threads is a worker-owned, cut and sew plant in Morganton, North Carolina.  We provide high quality work, creative problem solving and quick turnaround on production. We work with entrepreneurs who are just starting out to companies who are well established. We offer personalized services for product sampling, initial trial runs, and long-term production needs.  Our goals are to rejuvenate the textile industry in North Carolina, to support local sustainable industry, and to create jobs and long-term assets for the worker-owners of our company.