The Value Stream

An Oregon Manufacturers' Resource

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!…

Building Portland’s Maker Ecosystem

Thanks to Courtney Tait of Portland Made for this guest blog post In May of this year, a group of Portlanders passionate about supporting the city’s Maker Movement began meeting to discuss issues and ideas; services and strategies. Their goal? To help build and grow financially successful maker and manufacturing businesses…

How Manufacturers Can Build Profitable Networks on LinkedIn

Last quarter I discussed the value of LinkedIn as a marketing tool for manufacturing companies. This tool is regularly underutilized by manufacturers. Today I’d like to take a deeper dive into making LinkedIn work for your business. You may be asking, “I’ve updated my company’s profile, gotten my…

Manage Your Products for Profits

New technologies and new competitors are changing markets faster than ever before.  Whether your company is in a B2B or B2C environment, it is critical that you have a product strategy, high level product roadmap and product management tools to ensure a relevant, sustainable, and profitable business. Your product strategy…

Small Businesses Get Technical Assistance from National Labs

Small Business Vouchers Pilot from the Dept. of Energy As part of OMEP’s Innovation Partnerships initiative, we want to let you know about great opportunities to partner with world class resources.  The Department of Energy (DoE) has opened round 2 of its Small Business Vouchers (SBV) Pilot. The $50,000-$300,000…

A Supply Chain Lesson from the Coolest Cooler

Roger Jensen, OMEP’s supply chain expert, shares his thoughts on the coolest cooler. If you’d like help to identify, assess, quantify and mitigate your supply chain risks, contact us.  What happened to the Coolest Cooler? Do you remember the Coolest Cooler? It’s a 55 quart portable cooler with a…

PQR Analysis

Identifying a common measurement A major concern for most job shops has been to identify a common unit of measure that everyone can understand and that allows the application of “Takt Time” (a mathematical equation that allows you to set and maintain a manufacturing rhythm). For lack of a better…

The Most Powerful Leadership Tool: Positive Reinforcement

Top performance requires more than hiring good people.  It requires a leadership team that believes in helping their employees to be successful in performing their job. Performance feedback and positive reinforcement from the leadership team is essential for an employee’s top performance. The two types of…

The Road to A Competitive Manufacturing Workforce

Last Thursday over 100 manufacturers from SW Washington and Portland Metro area gathered to discuss the importance of strengthening our manufacturing workforce. Flanked by workforce partners in Portland and SW Washington, OMEP was pleased to participate in this crucial event. Event speaker Ken Madden discussed the importance of changing the…