The Value Stream

An Oregon Manufacturers' Resource

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…

The Future of Manufacturing

Every industrial sector is about to be transformed by a massive wave of digital transformation, and manufacturing is no exception Over the last thirty years, successive waves of digital innovation have brought significant change to every industry. First came the PC productivity revolution, then the rise of the web, and…

RAPID + MEP: A Winning Combination

The Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) network is a strong advocate of RAPID’s process intensification efforts. With offices in each state, MEPs contribute significantly by engaging prospective new members as well as enhancing the projects of current members. The MEP has already helped build out RAPID’s supply chain, provided key manufacturability…

Protect Your Company from Cyberthreats with Information Security Governance

To do business in today’s world, organizations are reliant on technology and data that’s processed, stored, and transmitted—and protecting that data throughout their life-cycle is critical. Hackers, malicious insiders, vendors, and employees are all threats to data security. As such, organizations are getting asked by regulators, auditors, customers, and consumers…

Innovation in Manufacturing: How to Implement Value-Based Sales & Marketing Processes 

When it comes to selling manufacturing products, timing is everything. That was one of the messages delivered by Jim Allen, founder of Value-Based, during a recent webinar for OMEP. Oftentimes when a prospect declines to buy a product, it is because the salesperson doesn’t know what that potential…

States May Use Economic Nexus to Impose Sales Tax Collection

On June 21, 2018, the US Supreme Court overturned South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc., reversing the long-standing physical presence nexus standard for sales and use tax. The case was South Dakota’s challenge to the physical presence nexus standard established by the US Supreme Court’s 1992 decision in Quill v. North Dakota, which…

Lack of Skilled Applicants Leading Cause of Unfilled Manufacturing Positions

A recent report by the Oregon Employment Department’s Workforce and Economic Research Division identifies Oregon’s current workforce gaps and future workforce needs. Manufacturers won’t be surprised by these results. Lack of applicants is the leading cause of unfilled positions, followed closely by a lack of skilled / qualified candidates and…