Lean Foundations: An Interview with States Industries

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…

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…

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 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…

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…

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…

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’…

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…