The Value Stream

An Oregon Manufacturers' Resource

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…

Do You Have An Exit Strategy?

There are 10,000 baby boomers turning 65 years of age every day for the next 14 years. As a business owner within 7-years of departing your business you should be planning for your eventual exit. Developing a transition plan provides you the freedom and financial security you have always envisioned.

How the Process of Change Can Bring Manufacturers Growth

Results matter Just ask any olympic athlete about the importance of results .025 seconds can mean the difference between a bronze medal or none at all. What do you do as a business when you’re not getting the results you want? What if you’re not profitable enough? What if your marketing plan is collecting…

Workforce Opportunity Tax Credit

The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) has been extended through 2025. This is an incentive for employers to broaden their job applicant pools and hire from certain groups of people who may need assistance finding jobs such as: Unemployed or disabled military veterans Long-term unemployed Temporary Assistance for Needy Family…

Prioritized PPP Loan Applications for Businesses with 20 or Fewer Employees

The Biden Administration announced that it is opening a special two-week period for businesses with less than 20 employees to apply for PPP assistance before the March 31 deadline. The SBA has established a 14-day, exclusive PPP loan application period for businesses and nonprofits with fewer than 20 employees, beginning…

Mechatronics Program Request

PCC is developing a mechatronics program designed to meet industry’s evolving needs in the areas of electrical and mechanical maintenance and automation. We recognize that “Mechatronics” is a broad field, and have focused our program design on the following objectives: Program content should be highly relevant to local industries and employers’ needs,…

Smart Manufacturing Survey from University of California, Irvine: Your chance to voice your opinion!

Do you work in a small or medium manufacturing firm (fewer than 500 employees)? Or do you work with such companies as a consultant? Consider donating 10-15 minutes of your time! You could win a gift card of $500! With your help, this will be the largest national study ever…

New Alliance Announced to Serve Mid-Willamette Valley Businesses

In Oregon’s Mid-Willamette Valley, the partnership of Chemeketa Community College, the Small Business Development Center, the Willamette Workforce Partnership, the Strategic Economic Development Corporation, and the Oregon Manufacturing Extension Partnership form a coalition of organizations with resources designed to strengthen the region’s manufacturers…

Ten Important Considerations You Don’t Want to Miss In Your Manufacturing Facility Layout

It is common for manufacturers to reconsider their use of space for a number of reasons, including an expiring lease, outgrowing the existing space due to new products or increased sales, the addition of new technology / equipment, or the need to consolidate to a smaller footprint. Good news: there…

Payroll Tax Considerations for Remote Workers and a Checklist to Mitigate Risk

The COVID-19 pandemic has increased remote work arrangements and dramatically altered work sites and offices. Some of those new arrangements may include employees working in states where the employer hasn’t previously conducted business or had a taxable presence. If your employees are working from other states—or even other countries—there could…