The Value Stream

An Oregon Manufacturers' Resource

OREGON: Trial judge okays paying greater of daily versus weekly overtime

Multnomah County circuit court judge recently ruled against workers who claimed their manufacturing employer should have paid them both daily and weekly overtime, not just the greater of the two amounts. This was the lawsuit that launched an uproar over how Oregon manufacturers should calculate overtime pay for employees who…

Spotlight on Moss Adams

This is part of our spotlight series featuring our incredible sponsors! Read on for an interview with Eric Balentine of Moss Adams.  What is your favorite part about your job at Moss Adams? The most rewarding part about public accounting is helping our clients find creative solutions to their complex problems.

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…

What My Clients Have Taught Me

The past 25 years of my career in manufacturing, and especially my last 4 years as a consultant, have been filled with lessons about making things better, and mostly learning about human nature.  Here are some important lessons I’ve learned from working with Oregon manufacturers across sectors. It doesn’t matter what I know, it only…

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…

Skills Shortage? What Skills Shortage?

The Skills Shortage Solution to Date: Panic! There has been much publicity and alarm surrounding the impending shortage of skills in manufacturing. Evidence of the skills shortage has been raised through the analysis of survey results and deduced from the exiting of an aging workforce. Rather than focus on…

How To Build Team-Driven Structured On the Job Training

Last month I talked about the importance of developing your employees. Yet it can be difficult to develop training that sticks for many reasons. In part because training calls upon manufacturers to give one of their most valuable resources–time. When you’re busy getting product out the door, it can…

Oregon Manufacturing Award Winners

Celebration is in the air! We had the pleasure of kicking off the holiday season at the Portland Business Journal’s Oregon Manufacturing Awards. 2015’s awards were held on Thursday, October 30th; during breakfast OMEP shared a table with clients FEI and Premier Press at the Sentinel Hotel. Columbia Sportswear CEO…

Oregon Manufacturing Day!

October 3, 2014, or the first Friday in October, marks the third annual National Manufacturing Day (MFG Day). Three years ago this holiday was designed to expand knowledge about and improve public perception of manufacturing careers and manufacturing’s value to the U.S. economy. To celebrate, companies and organizations around…

Different people, different perspectives on lean

Originally published in THE FABRICATOR® MAY 2015  By: Charlie Hopewell, Dave Davidson, Gary Conner Employees and managers experience a lean transformation in vastly different ways. Understanding these viewpoints can help change a company culture to one that embraces continuous improvement. When managers, supervisors, or front-line workers have no interest…