RAPID + MEP: A Winning Combination

RAPID + MEP: A Winning Combination

The Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) network is a strong advocate of RAPID’s process intensification efforts. With offices in each state, MEPs contribute significantly by engaging prospective new members as well as enhancing the projects of current members. The MEP has already helped build out RAPID’s supply chain, provided key manufacturability…

Best Fest – Clean Tech and Innovation Conference

Innovations on the frontiers of science and technology can help address the environmental challenges we face. The 2017 BEST FEST will explore how cutting edge innovations in Advanced Manufacturing, Energy, Water, Big Iron, Natural Resources, IoT, Agriculture and Food can make a positive impact on the planet while also growing the Oregon economy. …

Cybersecurity concerns and how to better safeguard data

In a recent KeyBank cybersecurity survey, theft of client data ranked as the greatest concern for middle market business owners and executives. For good reason. According to CSO Magazine, cyberattacks set a record in 2016, and the threat environment is going to be even more dangerous in 2017. Today’s…

Marijuana in Manufacturing

The manufacturing labor shortage has become more acute with the legalization of marijuana. Long-standing, highly-regarded companies are struggling to find—and keep—qualified workers able to pass a drug test and work physically demanding jobs. This post tackles the question: should manufacturers relax testing for marijuana? Given legal liability, shortfalls in current…

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…

Product Recall: A Quick Guide for Manufacturers

This is a guest blog post by our valued sponsors at Schwabe Williamson and Wyatt. Jeff Eden and Katie Kelly are attorneys for Schwabe, Williamson and Wyatt. They can be reached at jeden@schwabe.com or kkelly@schwabe.com.   It’s Monday morning and you receive a call from a…

CabDoor Learning Tour

Due to limited space this event is only open to manufacturers and OMEP sponsors. Thank you for understanding. Cabdoor is a custom cabinet door manufacturer supplying the small to medium cabinet maker. They have achieved a profitable and streamlined operation by implementing lean throughout the manufacturing floor and in…

Proven Workforce Strategies for Manufacturers Webinar

In this free webinar, you will discover cost-effective ways to make your manufacturing workforce more efficient and encourage employee engagement. Russ Gaylor will share what works and what doesn’t so you can spend more time getting product out the door. Learn how manufacturers like you have increased the effectiveness…

Systematic Marketing for Manufacturers: Lean and Green

Join Kleve Kee of OMEP, Sublime Creative Agency, and Dennis Hungerford for an informative workshop on top line growth for your manufacturing business. In this 2 hour workshop we will discuss practical application of the continuous improvement method to your business’ marketing and sales systems. You will come away with…

What My Clients Have Taught Me

The past 25 years of my career in manufacturing, and especially my last 4 years as a consultant, have been filled with lessons about making things better, and mostly learning about human nature.  Here are some important lessons I’ve learned from working with Oregon manufacturers across sectors. It doesn’t matter what I know, it only…