Our team of ex-manufacturing business owners, engineers, and leaders have walked in your shoes. They take their 100 plus years of combined manufacturing experience and apply their expertise to help your business succeed.

John Valachovic

Managing Consultant

With 35 years of experience in the manufacturing industry, John enjoys the challenge of balancing a client’s short-term needs against long-term strategies. He has been a process engineer at Lead Industries and Clorox Company, as as well as a Senior Chemist at Sterling Drug.

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David Looper

Managing Consultant

With 30 years of industry experience, David has served as the senior operations executive for a number of high-profile companies, including Gerber and Weyerhaeuser, prior to joining OMEP. In addition to his expertise in manufacturing business operations, Dave is also a well-known business transition expert.

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Jim Wehrs

Managing Consultant

Jim has more than 35 years of experience guiding companies in both B2B and B2C markets. Leading new product development and product launches for most of his career, Jim has also been involved with mergers and acquisition transactions both domestically and abroad. Prior to his role at OMEP, Jim served as president to Lone Wolf Knives, Inc., was director of mergers and acquisitions for Fiskars Consumer Products, and president of Gerber Legendary Blades.

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Kleve Kee

Managing Consultant

Specializing in bringing a continuous improvement business philosophy to his clients, Kleve has an industrial engineering background with an MBA. Working within all levels of a company, Kleve helps companies concentrate their limited resources on areas most impactful for their business. Before he was at OMEP, Kleve was Operations Manager at Bar Seven A Companies and Systems Director at Pacific Crest Technology.

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Tim Root

Managing Consultant

As the past president of Pacific Pure-Aid Company,Tim brings more than 35 years’ experience managing food processing companies. Tim also served as owner, president and managing partner of Myron Root & Company, Inc, and general manager of Sabroso Company. His expertise is in operations, new product development, business-to-business sales and marketing, human resources, and finance.

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Paola Castaldo

Managing Consultant

Paola brings more than 25 years of engineering, management, and marketing experience to her clients. Her experience spans starting up and running her own business, to producing results in large corporations such as PCSI and Electroglas Inspection Products. Paola is guided by a passion for people to succeed and flourish in business.

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You’re not alone

From the vigilance required to continually reduce non value-added activities, to the innovative thinking required to develop new products, running a manufacturing business presents unique challenges. The good news is, you’re not alone. OMEP’s clients both large and small face the same challenges you do on a daily basis. Read on to learn from their experiences in continuous improvement.

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My past experience with other Lean consultants was they would come in, give some base information, point out all your failures, and then leave. I am very glad that you and OMEP do not operate in that manner. To have OMEP truly come alongside and partner with us, to get down in the trenches with us, has been both refreshing and rewarding. It has been hard work, but we can all see the progress that has been made since we began this journey together.

Kevin Hansen
Director of Operations
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We were in business 32 years before we engaged with OMEP. We have learned more in the last three years than the last three decades. Business owners are confident by nature. It has been humbling to discover what we didn’t know. I’m here to tell you that no matter how good you think you are, you have lots of room to get better. OMEP has changed our world. In some areas of our warehouse we are processing orders 3 times faster than we were before our engagement. OMEP found a way to get us to forget our egos and find better, simple solutions.

Jeff Wirkkala
Owner, Hardwood Industries
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OMEP's continued involvement is vital to our success and the development of manufacturing practices necessary to compete in the global economy. I believe that OMEP's program is critical to the success of manufacturing in the State of Oregon. Domestic manufacturers provide living wage jobs and organizations such as OMEP are essential in keeping manufacturing alive and well in the United States”

Alvin Elbert
President, A.R.E. Manufacturing
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You are the best kind of advisor, a selfless one. It is exceedingly rare.

Dan Klock
CEO, Bridgetown Bakery
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Working with OMEP this past year has truly been an incredibly rewarding experience. The depth of knowledge and resources that they have brought to our business is immense. We are a healthier organization today because of the relationship that has been created between the two of us.

Ben Zimmerman
Operations Manager, Composite Approach
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