Top 10 Retail Trends for Growing Manufacturers

Top 10 Retail Trends for Growing Manufacturers

The manufacturing industry is changing at a pace far surpassing previous decades, moving from the product era to the consumer era to the information era. At this pace, manufacturers are challenged to respond to the advances made by closely related industries, such as technology and retail. To remain competitive and…

Curiosity and Trust: A Manufacturing Leadership Guide

“Results driven.”  This is how you might have described a boss that I once had.  I was a fairly new manager at the time, and had just been promoted to run a department that was struggling with both delivery and quality.  My boss was definitely results driven, which on its…

SkillsUSA Oregon

SkillsUSA Oregon, is a partnership of students, teachers, and industry working together to ensure Oregon has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA is a national student organization that serves students enrolled in career and technical education training programs in high schools and colleges. SkillsUSA programs help to promote community service and establish…

Lessons Learned at the 2017 Oregon Manufacturers’ Summit

At the fourth annual Oregon Manufacturers’ Summit, over 200 attendees came together to advance manufacturing and celebrate innovation. As OMEP’s Marketing and Events Manager, I pour every ounce into building an educational, inspiring, and useful event for Oregon manufacturers. This year was no exception. You can read news coverage of…

Oregon Talent Council Sponsor Spotlight

Thank you to our bronze sponsor of 2017, Oregon Talent Council. This post is the first part of a series highlighting OMEP’s fantastic sponsor companies and organizations. Representative Title: Melissa Leoni, Executive Director What is your favorite part about your job at Oregon Talent Council? My favorite part of my…

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…

It’s Not the Bottom, It’s the Foundation

I recently came across this blog post from marketing guru Seth Godin, and felt that it was very pertinent to manufacturers who want to make their workplaces great places to work. Read on for an insightful post about leadership, organizational transparency, and the foundational work of managing your workforce so they are…

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…

National Manufacturing Day 2016 Wrap Up

Happy Manufacturing Day, Oregon! 2016 marked Oregon’s largest manufacturing day yet! We say that every year, but every year this fantastic series of events continues to increase in participation and influence. 2016 marks the 5th anniversary of National Manufacturing Day, and Oregon manufacturers showed up in a big way!…

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…