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Linda Wechsler

Lack of Skilled Applicants Leading Cause of Unfilled Manufacturing Positions

A recent report by the Oregon Employment Department’s Workforce and Economic Research Division identifies Oregon’s current workforce gaps and future workforce needs. Manufacturers won’t be surprised by these results. Lack of applicants is the leading cause of unfilled positions, followed closely by a lack of skilled / qualified candidates and…

Get Your Products to New Markets: Free Webinars

Is the world passing you by as competitors expand abroad? Convinced foreign buyers would love your product – if only they knew? Concerned about cost, complexity or risk? During World Trade Month (May), federal agencies bring you this FREE four-part webinar series to help you go global. Download the …

Connect 2 Careers Launched!

After more than two-years of work and partnership on the part of Manufacturing 21 with Worksystems. Inc., the Connect2Careers system has been launched. Its purpose is to transform the way our region prepares young adults for careers in our key industries – including manufacturing. The initial focus…

What FSMA Means for Food Processing Companies

This is a guest blog post by Teri and Alicia of Northwest Food Solutions What is FSMA? The Biggest Food Legislation Change In Decades Many of our clients and colleagues are talking about FSMA these days. The new Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is the largest piece of legislation we’ve…

The Art of Job Task Analysis

A job task analysis helps break down a job into smaller, manageable chunks for on-the-job training. Whether you are developing work instructions or writing a job description, breaking down a job into a set of daily, weekly, and monthly tasks can seem daunting. Which tasks do you start with? How…

6 Telltale Signs Your Manufacturing Company is a Learning Organization

There has been a lot of talk recently about creating and maintaining a ‘learning culture’ in manufacturing. You may have asked yourself, ‘are we a learning organization?’ and then scratched your head, wondering what a ‘learning organization’ actually looks like… What is a learning organization? The concept of a learning…

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…

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…

5 Ways Manufacturers Can Increase Employee Engagement

Leading people can be challenging, and following a leader can feel frustrating as well. We’re all just trying to do our best at work, whether we’re owners, managers, or employees. Everyone has challenges in the workplace and no workplace is perfect. Creating a culture that fosters employee engagement is not something you…

Northwest Food and Beverage Industry Survey

Food Processors: State of the industry Are you a food processor that is struggling to find the right employees to join your company? Has ‘FSMA’ become a 4-letter word in your quality department? If so, you are not alone- particularly if you are doing business in the Northwest. In December…