The Value Stream

An Oregon Manufacturers' Resource

The Power of A Continuous Improvement Business Philosophy – Lean Lessons Learned

Jude Gerace recently joined OMEP as our first ever Account Executive. The team is excited to have her on board! Like most of our staff, Jude is a maker, innovator, and creator with deep experience in manufacturing. Whether you’re a seasoned leader or new to manufacturing, the lessons…

Here comes Manufacturing Day!

Here comes Manufacturing Day! Manufacturing careers are a vital part of our local economy, so we want to celebrate our builders, makers, and creators on October 1st 2021, and throughout the month of October.  Manufacturing Day is a chance to show students what modern manufacturing looks like within your business,…

Business Oregon Export Survey

We’re asking for a few minutes of your time to respond to this survey from Business Oregon about exporting. The survey asks a variety of questions about your exporting opportunities, challenges, practices, and needs. We appreciate responses from all Oregon manufacturers, even if you’re not currently exporting. Survey responses will…

Boost Your Manufacturing Business using Adaptable Process Flow Strategy

Events of the past year have caused businesses all over the world to re-evaluate their businesses. Many manufacturers did not have a well-developed strategy, business model and plan prior to the pandemic, but now realize their importance. Others have written plans only to find them shifting rapidly in the face…

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…

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…

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…