The Value Stream

An Oregon Manufacturers' Resource

Sponsor Highlight: AKT

We are featuring our sponsors in a series of posts. You can learn more about each exciting organization below. We are thankful for our partnership with AKT Advisors and their strong understanding of the manufacturing industry. Representative Name : Chad Summers Representative Title:  Manufacturing Business Advisor Sponsorship Level:   Gold Sponsor What…

21 Hundred Gigawatts of Innovation!

Don your 80s puffer vest, pull out your moon boots and fire up your DeLorean, folks. Today, October 21, 2015 is the date Marty and Doc (of the Back To The Future trilogy) travel to in their DeLorean time machine. Turns out, they got a…

Lean Foundations: An Interview with States Industries

October 7, 2015 by Jasmine Agnor Recently I had the chance to connect with two students who attended OMEP’s four-part Lean Fundamentals course, led by Kristi Smith and Gary Conner. Students Dani and Amanda were sent to the class by their Plant Manager, Donnie Graves of States Industries. Working at…

Manufacturing Day 2015, Recap

Manufacturing Day 2015 was a great success, not just for Oregon, but nation wide. We’re still waiting for the final numbers, but we know that at least 80 companies participated in events across Oregon, hosting over 2,000 participants! Canby and Washington County smashed last year’s records.

Manufacturing Day 2015: The Largest Event Yet

September 28, 2015 by Jasmine Agnor In three days the world will celebrate National Manufacturing Day. October 2, 2015 promises to be the largest manufacturing day ever, by a wide margin! What started as a simple salute to manufacturers two years ago has become one of the most influential international…

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…

Do You Have An Exit Strategy?

Dave Looper, OMEP’s Business Transition Planning Specialist, guides manufacturing executives through the transition process. His September Transition Planning Breakfast is sold out, but you can reserve a spot for the next session at the bottom of this post. There are 10,000 baby boomers turning 65 years of age every…

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…

Trout Business Solutions

Name: Tami Trout Title & role description: Business Advisor and Owner of Trout Business Solutions (TBS). TBS assists organizations across the U.S. to acquire and retain the right talent, develop and coach staff to achieve maximum performance, and resolve internal conflicts to minimize turnover and leverage continuity into long-term success. Organization…

No Mystery; No Maintenance; No Magic- The story of “Jack”

    Have you ever observed a company that works hard at improving productivity, identifying and removing waste from their processes, improving flow, only to have minimal improvement? It’s a mystery! We work diligently on all of the lean concepts yet we don’t see the expected results. Where’s the magic…