The Value Stream

An Oregon Manufacturers' Resource

Manufacturing Matters Oregon Podcast

OMEP is pleased to announce the launch of a new collaborative podcast, Manufacturing Matters Oregon. Hosted by our very own Linda Wechsler,  this podcast is dedicated to Northwest manufacturers. The concept of the podcast originated in the Industrial Districts Meeting Group, a collaboration…

Why You Know More About Industry 4.0 Than You Think

Originally Published through the NIST Manufacturing Innovation Blog Credit: iStock/ipopba If industrial manufacturing had a buzzword of the decade, it might be “Industry 4.0.” The concept is inescapable, yet it can be hard to define, especially for small and medium-sized manufacturers (SMMs). After all, SMMs’ capabilities, needs,…

Optimism Growing Among Women-Owned Small Businesses

A new Key4Women Confidence survey finds positive trends among women-owned small businesses, from business growth in the future to optimism on a more level business environment. By Ron Wolfe, Vice President and Senior Relationship Manager, KeyBank Linda Hamilton, Vice President and Senior Relationship Manager…

Oregon Manufacturers Gift Guide – 2019

It’s that time of year when the weather is getting colder, the mountains are getting fresh coats of snow, and the season for gift-giving is right around the corner! If finding the perfect presents for your loved ones leaves you feeling a little anxious, we are here to help. OMEP…

A Visit to The ARMC

OMEP is proud to be a member of the Oregon Manufacturing Innovation Center (OMIC R&D) in Scappoose, Oregon. OMIC is a Research and Development Center “focused on applying new technologies and processes for industrial competitive advantage and academic growth, while inspiring and educating the next generation’s manufacturing workforce.” This…

Thank You, Oregon Manufacturers!

This holiday season, we are grateful for those 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 who process…

OMEP DFAR’s RFP

Public Notice The Oregon Manufacturing Extension Partnership, Inc. (OMEP) is seeking a qualified Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) IT contractor to assist OMEP in compliance with DFARS regulations. Specific work includes: Assess Current OMEP Compliance State Propose Recommendations for Compliance to Management Develop Roadmap to Achieve Compliance Implement Compliance…

Come Help Strengthen Oregon Manufacturing

Help Us Strengthen Oregon Manufacturing in the Southern Willamette Valley Oregon Manufacturing Extension Partnership (OMEP) is in the business of preparing existing manufacturers to become more competitive in the global marketplace.  We’re committed to sustainable transformation and not temporary fixes. Our clients are small and medium-sized companies ranging from 5…

Moss Adams: Fees and Sales Tax Considerations for Amazon Sellers and Vendors

This is a guest blog post by Moss Adams Staff: Jeff Fey, Partner, Food and Beverage Practice, Kris Dunning, Partner, Manufacturing and Consumer Products Practice, and Adam Cline, Partner, State & Local Tax Services Selling products on Amazon can provide immediate impact for companies looking to expand their sales…

What Manufacturers Need to Know About Cybersecurity Right Now

Did you know that October is National Cyberscrity Awareness Month? The number of cyberattacks continues to rise, and cybercriminals are getting more determined. Companies are left trying to navigate confusing technical guidance in a rapidly changing digital landscape. Small manufacturers often don’t think their companies are at risk. After all,…