The Value Stream

An Oregon Manufacturers' Resource

Building Thriving Companies In Rural Oregon

As a business accelerator, we help manufacturers across the state become more profitable and increase efficiencies. Our intentionally located offices in rural areas of Oregon underline OMEP’s belief that rural areas are crucial to our state’s prosperity, culture, and overall growth. Each year at the Oregon Business Leaders’…

2014 Oregon Manufacturing Award Winners

November 6, 2014 by Jasmine Agnor OMEP was honored to attend Portland Business Journal’s Oregon Manufacturing Awards Ceremony on Thursday, October 30. Sitting with clients Miles Fiberglass and Bridgetown Natural Foods, we listened to a fascinating panel discussion with Tamara Lundgren, CEO of Schnitzer Steel and Corey Yraguen, President of…

OMEP’S Made in Oregon Gift Guide 2014!

This season, OMEP returns with our annual Made in Oregon Gift Guide. There’s still plenty of time to stock up for the holidays, and maybe get a treat for yourself along the way. Our guide features Oregon companies from all corners of the state. Blue Raeven Farmstand  Raevenbrook Farm…

Manufacturing Innovation Gratitude

  Gratitude is a powerful word, and even more powerful in action. In his book, The Thank You Economy, author Gary Vaynerchuk discusses how, “…we have entered into a new business era, one in which the companies that see the biggest returns won’t be the ones that can throw…

Technology Solutions for Your Manufacturing Facility

Photos Courtesy ReThink Robotics  OMEP recently held our first ever Collaborative Robotics Web Showcase in conjunction with Impact Washington, Tech Help, and the Northwest Food Processors Association. If you missed the webinar, feel free to view the presentation here. Scroll down the page for links. At OMEP, we are…

Manufacturing Week Wrap Up

This was my first year participating in manufacturing day, and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the national spirit of creativity, and appreciation for makers in America. AMERICAN MADE MOVIE OMEP’s manufacturing week kicked off with a screening of American Made Movie at the quintessentially ‘Portland’ theatre, Cinema 21. It was a…

National Manufacturing Week Kicks Off!

Chris Scherer kicks off manufacturing week in Oregon with some Q&A. Why do you feel Manufacturing Day is an important day to celebrate? It’s important to celebrate for 2 reasons 1. To increase public awareness of manufacturing’s contribution to Oregon’s economic growth 2. To honor the workforce that…

Opening Doors to Abundance – Manufacturing Opportunities for the Next Generation

Introducing new people to manufacturing When Jesse Aaronson isn’t whitewater kayaking he’s responsible for overseeing the On-the-Job Training (OJT) program at Work Systems Inc. As a national and local subject matter expert, Jesse serves as the advanced manufacturing industry lead with 10 years of experience developing, implementing, and managing workforce development…

The Value of Making Things – How Technology Influences Manufacturing

In honor of Oregon Manufacturing Day 2014, we’re posting a series of interviews with manufacturing and technology leaders in Oregon. Meet David McFeeters Krone (or DMK for short!). He’s a licensing & open innovation expert who is passionate about the future of manufacturing. Connecting companies to technologies, expertise and facilities, David…