The Factory Buffalo launched in 2019 in Buffalo, NY in the previously thriving industrial Riverside/Tonawanda neighborhood. Molly Hoeltke Worth partnered with Tom Burns, the owner of QSG Technologies (qsgtech.com), in response to an increasing need in Buffalo for cut and sew manufacturing resources to reach a wide variety of small business. They jointly saw the need to offer designers and entrepreneurs access to the tools to fully develop products in order to professionally prepare for and execute full scale volume cut and sew manufacturing. Our mission is to provide services that give domestic small business the opportunity to grow and thrive. We pride ourselves on providing an alternative to overseas manufacturing and in doing so provide a socially and environmentally conscious option with increased value to our customers in our detailed craftsmanship and collaborative nature. We work out of a beautiful, clean, modern, full scale cut and sew facility equipped with top of the line equipment.
5 Juki straight stitch machines
Juki Double Needle
Juki Walking Foot
MOLLY HOELTKE WORTH
Molly spent her post collegiate time in Marketing and Commercial Wardrobe Styling before she landed herself in Clothing Design in 2010. She started her own wholesale label Once And For All (oafaclothing.com) in 2014. She manufactured her product domestically and sold to the boutique market up and down the East and Mid Atlantic coast. Working with factories across the country gave her the insight and skill needed to manage her own production. So she decided to do just that in 2019 in her own city of Buffalo for both her own brand and for others. A passionate entrepreneur Molly’s greatest joy is helping others launch their dreams the same way she has launched her own.
UNIVERSITY AT BUFFALO
B.S., Management, Marketing, 2006
UNIVERSITY AT BUFFALO
B.A., Design, 2008
• Future Learn, Fashion and Sustainability, 2017
• Fashion Brain Academy, 2016
• Global Purchasing Companies, 2015
Activities & Affiliations.
• Stitch Buffalo Board Member
Tom Burns is our partner over here at The Factory Buffalo. He owns the space in which we operate and he is the owner of QSG Technologies which is our in house volume contractor. Tom comes from a prestigious history of engineering manufactured product and is an expert in quality control. He daily brings insight and strategic big picture thinking to our business. We love being located in his cool industrial space and working together to offer our customers the best quality possible.
cut + sew Production supervisor
With a background in both design and education, Johanna is uniquely positioned to lead our sewing team on the floor from a designer’s perspective in construction and quality control with the heart, soul and positivity of an educator. Her experience in fashion design with JC Penny and New Era Cap company gave her the technical knowledge to facilitate and implement processes and execution with the highest degree of professionalism.
PRATT INSTITUTE B.A., Fashion Design 2009
Activities & Affiliations
• Fashion Lecturer at Buffalo State College
• Fashion Lecturer at Villa Maria College
Wyne Yadana is a talent like no other. She has dexterity to figure out any sewing puzzle and the skill to make every project achieve the highest degree of quality. Wyne manages all of the seamstresses in both operations and quality control. She is a wonderful teacher and creates an atmosphere for success among her colleges. Originally from Burma, she loves to make traditional Burmese dresses and is an incredible cook. She immigrated to the US in 2000 with her husband and lovely daughter Suu.
Tom Petroff is a wealth of knowledge and we are so lucky to have him! His expertise comes from a lifetime of production sewing factory management and he brings with him the knowledge and skill to fix any problem as it pertains to our high end machinery. His vibrant positive energy is a major added bonus!