The Value Stream

An Oregon Manufacturers' Resource

It’s Manufacturing Awards Season

OMEP is proud of our award-winning clients throughout the state. Its awards season again! Learn about new opportunities available for your company. 2018 Best Manufacturers to Work For in Oregon The survey, now in its second year, is designed to showcase Oregon manufacturers that go above and beyond…

Wanted: Manufacturers Capable of Precision Bonding Inconel 625

OMEP is seeking manufacturers capable of precision bonding Inconel 625 as part of our work with RAPID. The application is to bond multiple layers of 0.5mm Inconel 625 to form a microchannel plate and frame heat exchanger.  The design is substantially similar to the photo on the left. …

Science + Innovation Awards Presented by Manufacturing USA – Calling All Innovators

Manufacturing USA is helping to honor the next generation of innovative leaders through partnering with the Creators of the Teen Choice Awards in an all new, first-of-its-kind Science + Innovation Awards.  We need your help in nominating those rising stars already positively impacting their communities through what they make! Earlier this…

Strategic Energy Management and Equipment Upgrades Reduce Costs for Ice Manufacturing Plant

Producing ice and keeping it frozen throughout the warmest months of the year can be an energy-intensive operation. Plant managers at Arctic Glacier in Portland were already considering new measures to improve energy efficiency when a corporate-wide mandate to cut energy costs spurred them to take action. The company connected…

Combat the Risks of Cyber Attacks In Your Business

The best approach to cybersecurity is for businesses to approach the topic with good information, and an understanding of the risks to not taking a proactive approach to cybersecurity. Consider for a moment that 43% of cyberattacks target small businesses. (source: Symantec) So, Why do nearly half of all…

R&D incentives offer new opportunities for technology and manufacturing companies

This article was originally published in the Portland Business Journal by Natalie Cohen and Justin Eckley. Read the original article here The new tax-reform law — commonly referred to as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 — contains various changes intended to boost…

Disaster Preparedness, Recovery, and Disruption Adjustment

Is Disaster Preparedness Really Necessary? Forty percent of businesses do not reopen following a disaster and an additional 25% fail within one year according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The Small Business Disaster Preparedness Study conducted by Portland software maker Sage North America, indicates that more than 60%…

Manufacturing in the Pacific Northwest—Your Input Is Needed

We have partnered with several organizations to conduct a survey of local manufacturing companies to identify and offer insights on some of the most critical challenges and opportunities facing manufacturers in the Pacific Northwest. Because you are a leader in manufacturing in our region, we would like to invite you…

A Non-technical 5-Step Plan To Check Your Company’s IT Health

A mid-sized packaging manufacturer called me in once for a consult. The COO told me, “We think our IT company is doing a great job, but we’ve been with them for 10 years and we want you to just double check everything for us.” Easy-peasy! I started where I always…

Are you one of the best manufacturers to work for in Oregon?

Attention Oregon Manufacturers:  Register for the Best Manufacturers to Work For in Oregon survey! The project builds on the success of Oregon Business’ 100 Best Companies, Nonprofits and Green Workplaces surveys. This project is specifically aimed at manufacturers seeking to measure employee satisfaction in…