The Value Stream

An Oregon Manufacturers' Resource

Holiday Reading List

The holidays are a great time to curl up with a book in between all the hustle. Here at OMEP our team reads many books. I put together some recommendations for anyone interested in manufacturing, business growth, and leadership. Enjoy your book, and come back to work in the new…

Thank You, Oregon Manufacturers!

  This holiday season, we are grateful to you who make, manufacture and create We’re grateful for you, Oregon manufacturers. You keep the economy moving forward by creating quality products, and employing thousands of Oregonians with living wage jobs. From the farmers who cultivate nutritious food, the businesses…

The Formula for Successful Manufacturing Leadership

A while back, I asked my kids to “rake the leaves”. When I checked on them 2 hours later they had raked the leaves, but were now busily spreading raked leaves everywhere, diving into them with enthusiasm.  They were having a great time raking the leaves, but leaf pile jumping…

The Facts and Figures Behind Robotics

Robotics — the technology that deals with robot development, operation, and applications — promises the greatest manufacturing productivity increase since the industrial revolution more than two centuries ago. For any manufacturing business or organization concerned with repetitive, programmable tasks — including sophisticated ones–now is the time to integrate robotics into…

2018 MFG Day Re-Cap

Another Manufacturing Day in the books! Although manufacturing Month lasts all year, many Manufacturing Day events take place on the official MFG Day, October 5, 2018. Over 2,700 events were celebrated nationally, with many more scheduled throughout the year. Get all the details here 2018 Oregon Manufacturing Day Highlights…

Proposed Regulations Provide Some Key Guidance for Taxpayers Benefiting from the New QBI Deduction

by Jim Dubeck and Greg Thomas, Directors, National Tax Services One of biggest areas of opportunity and uncertainty coming out of tax reform, commonly referred to as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), is the Qualified Business Income (QBI) deduction under Section 199A. The new deduction could reduce an individual’s tax…

RAPID & Manufacturing USA Institutes

The Manufacturing USA Institutes have dozens of projects focused on manufacturing.  The RAPID institute is seeking innovators who make manufacturing modules, particularly those that can transform agricultural waste into valuable chemicals. The vision is to have hundreds of these small manufacturing plants across the United States.  In addition, we seek…

6 Considerations for your Food Safety Maintenance Program

Your Preventive Controls for Human Food (PCHF) food safety plan may consist of one or more HACCP plans, prerequisite programs like current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMPs), recall plan, supply chain program, and any other PCHF requirements that might apply to your business. These prerequisite programs…

GoGetter: A New Resource for those in the Skilled Trades Industry

At OMEP, we get frequent requests from manufacturers that are wondering about manufacturing specific job forums and community boards. A newly released platform by the name GoGetter (while still in the early stages) could end up being a big help to those of you that have…

Manufacturing Day 2018!

WHAT IS MANUFACTURING DAY? Manufacturing Day® is a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers. Although Manufacturing Day® officially occurs on the first Friday in October—this year being Oct 5, 2018—any day can be a Manufacturing Day®. Companies and community organizations should plan their events on…