The Value Stream

An Oregon Manufacturers' Resource

SBA Loans Can Help Boost Small Business

According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, there are more than 23 million small businesses in America, employing about half of the nation’s private workforce. As the government agency tasked with protecting, strengthening and representing the interests of America’s small businesses, the SBA understands the value of small businesses…

Taking the Black Magic Out of Machining

Lean Continuous Improvement Journey Thursday, February 11th marked the Share to Grow event at ARE. Over 25 attendees gathered to learn about ARE’s continuous improvement journey (read more about A.R.E. Manufacturing). Located in Newberg Oregon, ARE Manufacturing specializes in utilizing high-end CNC machining equipment to manufacture precision components. ARE…

Silver Sponsor: Vigilant

Representative Name:  Bryon Bailey Representative Title: Regional Sales Manager Sponsorship Level: Silver What is your favorite part about your job at Vigilant? Connecting business leaders with our team of experts so they can rest easier regarding critical issues. What caused you to make the decision to sponsor OMEP?…

Growing Successful Managers

Do you utilize your managers in a way that allows them a path to success? Many companies waste their managerial talent. It’s easy to do! Instead of using your managements’ minds creatively, they are merely used to relay orders from the top.  In a healthy company, a manager is free to…

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…

Key Bank, OMEP Platinum Sponsor

This post is part of OMEP’s Interview with our Sponsors Series. We love our sponsors, and we know you will too! Representative Name:  Beau Conway Representative Title: Sr. Vice President, Equipment Finance Officer &  KeyBank Manufacturing Chair Sponsorship Level: Platinum What is your favorite part about your job at KeyBank?…

Oregon Agriculture Adds Taste and Color to the Holidays

From Christmas trees to candy canes, Oregon agriculture plays a big holiday role This story was originally published in the Oregon Department of Agriculture website. We’ve listed it here for your enjoyment.  The traditional colors, fragrances, and flavors of the holiday season simply wouldn’t be the same if it…

Made In Oregon Gift Guide

OMEP is back with our annual gift guide. Look no further for unique, quality products made in your own backyard. We could have listed thousands more Oregon companies in this blog, but we’ve narrowed down a few of our favorites this year. Happy shopping! Beaverton Foods In 1929,…

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…

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…