The Value Stream

An Oregon Manufacturers' Resource

OMEP is Hiring a Senior Accountant

Reporting to the Controller and serving as a key member of OMEP’s finance and administrative team, the Senior Accountant works full time to assist the Finance department with a variety of professional accounting duties. The position requires thorough knowledge of accounting principles, with grant compliance and fund accounting experience a…

Meet the Enhanced Technology Team

Are you trying to design a new product? Would you like to re-design an existing product to use modern technology? Do you want to find an application for a unique material you’ve developed? Do you want to build connections to federal resources that can enhance your R&D projects? Meet the…

WANTED: Columbia Works Summer 21 Internship Mentors

For the Columbia Works Summer 21 Internship program, OMIC R&D is actively recruiting industry folk who can provide a helpful hand providing a rich experience for your summer high school interns. This 8-week program runs from the first of July through August 2021. The interns are onsite at the OMIC…

Survey: Manufacturing in the Pacific Northwest

Schwabe Williamson and Wyatt, Aldrich CPAs + Advisors, and the Puget Sound Business Journal and Portland Business Journal have commissioned a survey aimed at better understanding the state of the manufacturing and distribution industries in the Pacific Northwest and how these industries are evolving. The results will help…

Update your Hiring Practices To Stay Competitive

Many studies have cited the skills shortage as a reason manufacturers can’t find or keep workers. While there is no denying that the traded sectors are having difficulty attracting and finding talent compared to other industries, consider that old-school recruiting and training strategies may be the culprit. Manufacturers who complain…

Business Oregon Export Promotion Grant

Oregon manufacturers should be aware of a new grant available through Business Oregon’s Export Promotion Program. If you are currently exporting products internationally, or if you are interested in doing so, don’t miss this opportunity. The State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) matching grant reimburses 75% of eligible expenses up…

Yes, Small Manufacturers can Export – Interview with Ear Trumpet Labs

Did you know that Oregon products are in high demand around the world? Yet many manufacturers who are curious about the possibility of finding new audiences for their products can feel daunted by the task of exporting. Support Available Through Business Oregon Thankfully, small and mid-sized manufacturers can reap the…

PCC OMIC Training Center – Mechatronics Program

PCC OMIC Training Center is developing a Mechatronics program to be delivered in the Fall. This training will be a non-credit program aimed at upskilling your technician workforce. As they are finalizing this program over the next few weeks, they are looking for your partnership and support in these three areas:…

New Tax Credit to Fully Offset the Cost for Small Businesses Who Provide Paid Leave for Employees to Get Vaccinated

FROM THE MEP NATIONAL NETWORK: The White House is making a special request to the MEP National Network because of our unique relationship and access to the nation’s small and medium-sized manufacturers. The Network can make a difference in helping to get the country vaccinated and ending this pandemic. We…

The Lean Business Model is for Everyone: How To Avoid Undoing Continuous Improvement Progress

Managing a company using the Lean approach requires everybody at every level of the organization to think about time all the time. Lean enthusiasts think about ‘lead-time, ‘wait-time, ‘through-put time’, ‘on-time delivery’, ‘takt-time’, ‘set-up time’, ‘down-time’, etc. It is also about time that someone addresses how the Lean approach can…