The Value Stream

An Oregon Manufacturers' Resource

Spotlight on KeyBank

This is part of an ongoing series of spotlight interviews with our fabulous sponsors. Say hello to Barb Cardinale, Senior Vice President and Business Banking Team Sales Leader at KeyBank What is your favorite part about your job at KeyBank? Every day, I am energized by the important role we…

Spotlight on: Schwabe Williamson and Wyatt

Representative Title: Jean Back, Of Counsel, Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt What are some of the biggest challenges you see manufacturers facing in 2017? 2017 will bring interesting issues and potential changes for manufacturers.  On the federal side, President Trump ran on an agenda of revitalizing manufacturing in America and renegotiating…

Oregon Talent Council Sponsor Spotlight

Thank you to our bronze sponsor of 2017, Oregon Talent Council. This post is the first part of a series highlighting OMEP’s fantastic sponsor companies and organizations. Representative Title: Melissa Leoni, Executive Director What is your favorite part about your job at Oregon Talent Council? My favorite part of my…

BOLI Reverses Long-Standing Position on Overtime in Manufacturing

In a surprising move, the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) is now taking the position that manufacturing employers should pay both daily and weekly overtime if earned in the same workweek, not merely the greater of the two amounts. Sometime in December 2016, BOLI quietly changed both its…

6 Telltale Signs Your Manufacturing Company is a Learning Organization

There has been a lot of talk recently about creating and maintaining a ‘learning culture’ in manufacturing. You may have asked yourself, ‘are we a learning organization?’ and then scratched your head, wondering what a ‘learning organization’ actually looks like… What is a learning organization? The concept of a learning…

New Year Resolution: A Value Proposition to Grow Sales

Can you believe it? It is nearly time for new year resolutions! It is also that time of year for 2017 strategic planning. Is growing your sales part of your 2017 plan? If so, let’s talk about why people buy what you are selling. Let’s talk about value propositions Understanding…

Announcing NWB2B!

The Challenge As manufacturers, you depend on your suppliers to provide quality materials  at a great price, so you can turn them into products to sell to your customers. Yet, searching for a supplier can be like looking for a needle in a haystack! Say you need a supplier with…

National Manufacturing Day 2016 Wrap Up

Happy Manufacturing Day, Oregon! 2016 marked Oregon’s largest manufacturing day yet! We say that every year, but every year this fantastic series of events continues to increase in participation and influence. 2016 marks the 5th anniversary of National Manufacturing Day, and Oregon manufacturers showed up in a big way!…

New Aerospace Supply Chain Quality Management Requirements

Guest blog post by Marcia Buser and Tristan Buser-Molatore In our last blog post, we reported on the new aerospace quality requirements for preventing counterfeit product as presented at the American Aerospace Quality Group aerospace auditors workshop held July 21 and 22.  In this post we share what we learned…

ISO 9001:2015 and Risk-based Thinking (RBT)

Nearly one year into the three-year transition period, we’ve been hearing a lot of conversation about the International Standards Organization’s (ISO) 2015 revised version of standard 9001 on Quality Management Systems (QMS). The 2015 edition “follows a new, higher level structure to make it easier to use in conjunction with…