The Value Stream

An Oregon Manufacturers' Resource

Water Usage in food processing

July 9, 2015 by Jasmine Agnor Linda Wechsler, author of this post,  is a Food Processing Industry Consultant at Oregon Manufacturing Extension Partnership (OMEP). Linda collaborates with food industry experts, professional organizations, state and federal institutions and educational programs to analyze unmet needs and bring companies lasting solutions. She works to…

Perspectives on Operational Excellence

On June 26th a group of manufacturers gathered to engage in a highly interactive discussion on Operational Excellence. OMEP consultants Paola Castaldo and John Valachovic led this fast-faced roundtable event at Portland Development Commission’s headquarters. Attendees were introduced to statistics regarding the rapid spread of information and the way…

Portland Made: New American Makers of the New Manufacturing Renaissance

The post below was originally on ADXPortland.com. Kelley Roy will be releasing a new book entitled Portland Made: New American Makers of the New Manufacturing Renaissance  in Fall of 2015. Read on to discover how manufactuers and makers can share resources through ADX. It’s almost difficult to think back to a…

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…

Reduce Handling Time with Shop Floor Layout Changes

A few months ago OMEP had the opportunity to work with a local fabrication shop that specialized in sheet metal forming and welding. The shop was a “job shop” with random customer orders coming in one day, and deliveries going out the next. The shop was experiencing significant growth and…

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…

Jean Back: OMEP Board Member

This post is a part of a series featuring OMEP’s board members – shining some light on the dedicated individuals who help OMEP to be successful. Read on for thoughts from Jean Ohman Back, Employment Litigation and Advice Attorney at Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt. Name Jean Ohman Back Title Employment…

Curt’s Cat: Lean Epiphanies Book Excerpt

Gary Conner, one of our Senior Consultants has recently published a book titled “Lean Epiphanies: Catapult the Cow and Other Inspirational Continuous Improvement Stories”. You can read more and purchase the book on the SME.org website. Since beginning his consulting career in the late 1990’s Gary has worked with 200…

Driving Profits through a Highly Engaged Workforce

This month’s guest blog post features Rose Marshall of Innovation Frameworks LLC. She is an OMEP partner and presented most recently at the Oregon Manufacturers’ Summit on Employee Engegement. HAVING ENGAGED EMPLOYEES IS IMPORTANT Studies by Gallup and other respected research facilities tout the benefits of engaged employees. Performance indicators …

5 Lessons I learned at the Oregon Manufacturers’ Summit

Oregon’s manufacturing community deserves the best that OMEP has to offer. As our events and marketing manager I poured every ounce of focus and ability into crafting a summit event that encapsulated the challenges and successes of being an Oregon manufacturer. To many degrees, this effort was successful. With a…