The Value Stream

An Oregon Manufacturers' Resource

Could Your Plant Benefit from a FREE Energy Assessment?

Looking for new ways to trim energy operating costs and increase the bottom line in your facility? Whether you’ve already made energy improvements or are just getting started, an energy assessment can help you determine the largest savings and decide where to focus. Available at no cost to eligible customers…

Understanding Your Smallest Viable Market: Personas for Manufacturers

As a manufacturer, you probably wear many hats at once. We talk to clients who are their company’s marketer, salesperson, production manager, and janitor. Even if that isn’t the case and you have a team who fills some of those roles for you, marketing in the manufacturing sector is challenging.With…

Owners Panel: Exiting Your Business On Your Terms

A Business Exit is Inevitable All business owners must consider a transition from their company, whether they’re ready to leave now or 20 years from now. Studies show that without proper planning, only 20 percent of businesses are sold. That means 80 percent are not sold, which translates to lost…

OMEP Joins Oregon Manufacturing Innovation Center, R&D

In February 2019, OMEP became a member of the Oregon Manufacturing Innovation Center, Research and Development (OMIC R&D). OMIC R&D is a world-class collaborative environment bringing together industry, higher education and government in partnership to develop new tools, techniques, and technologies to address near-term manufacturing challenges through applied research and…

Food NW: Summer Manufacturing Camp Builds Interest in Manufacturing Careers

Summer Manufacturing Camp Builds Interest in Manufacturing Careers Our series on the future generation of manufacturing employees continues with a highlight on something everyone loves—summer camp! The Port of Morrow and its partners in Eastern Oregon have brought a national summer camp program to the region. Now in its 2nd…

CFOs Guide Companies More Efficiently with Cost Accounting

Imagine this common scenario: Your company is doing well producing and selling a product at a 20 percent margin. You’re calculating your costs but aren’t in fact capturing all your actual costs. Your actual costs would show you’re closer to a 15 percent profit margin. No one wants to be…

The Lean Transformation – There is No Magic Wand

Over much of the last 2 decades, I have had the opportunity to learn a great deal about this idea we refer to as “Lean Manufacturing.”  When I reflect on all that I have learned, and the manner in which I learned it, I realize one overarching (and maybe very…

5 Reasons You Should Attend the Oregon Manufacturers’ Summit

Each year over 250 manufacturers gather for the Oregon Manufacturers’ Summit. This year’s event is only a few weeks away! If you haven’t signed up yet, here are a few great reasons you should consider attending. Learn about the life-savings products being created right here in Oregon from RevMedx.

RAPID: Education and Workforce Development Call

Article Overview The RAPID Manufacturing Institute is leading a national effort to address scientific knowledge and technology gaps in process intensification and modular manufacturing. On January 31, 2019, the RAPID Manufacturing Institute released a call for Education and Workforce Development (EWD) project proposals which develop a 2-5 day face-to-face course that…

5 Manufacturing Technology Trends to Watch in 2019

This article was originally published on the Manufacturing Innovation Blog  by NIST MEP. Below is a partial article. Read the full article here. Steady industry growth was a trend for manufacturers in 2018. According to a recent Forbes report, U.S. manufacturing has rebounded since the Great Recession, with a gain of…