The Value Stream

An Oregon Manufacturers' Resource

Covid-19 Critical Supply Opportunities for Oregon Manufacturers

Right now there is an incredible opportunity for manufacturers to provide critical medical supplies for local and national healthcare workers. The list of all critical supplies needed can be found below. If you are an Oregon manufacturer who currently produces one or more of these products or are interested in…

PCC, partners dig into new era for training in Columbia County

Originally Published on PCC News: Photos and Story by James Hill Left to right, PCC OMIC Director Andrew Lattanner, PCC Board Trustee Tiffani Penson, State Sen. Betsy Johnson, PCC Board Chair Jim Harper, PCC President Mark Mitsui, OMIC R&D…

Manufacturing Matters Oregon Podcast

OMEP is pleased to announce the launch of a new collaborative podcast, Manufacturing Matters Oregon. Hosted by our very own Linda Wechsler,  this podcast is dedicated to telling the stories of Northwest manufacturers. The concept originated during an Industrial Districts Meeting Group, a…

A Visit to The ARMC

OMEP is proud to be a member of the Oregon Manufacturing Innovation Center (OMIC R&D) in Scappoose, Oregon. OMIC is a Research and Development Center “focused on applying new technologies and processes for industrial competitive advantage and academic growth, while inspiring and educating the next generation’s manufacturing workforce.” This…

2019 Oregon MFG Day Recap

Thanks to the efforts of 67 manufacturers who opened their doors to host students, as well as the countless partners who coordinated tours, hundreds of students across the state got the first-hand experience with manufacturing. Many students were visiting facilities for the first time.  The OMEP staff participated in several…

WANTED: WA County Manufacturers

Washington County Manufacturers: We Need Your Help! Consider opening your doors to allow high school students to tour your facility during National Manufacturing Day on October 4. When you open your doors for a few hours to students, you open students eyes to exciting careers and fill your future…

Increase Your Skilled Worker Hiring Pool with Apprenticeships

Increase Your Skilled Worker Hiring Pool with Apprenticeships Manufacturers in all sectors struggle with finding, developing, and engaging employees. Getting candidates in the door is a challenge. Once they’re hired, it’s difficult to onboard them effectively and get them to full contribution quickly. After investing in training and onboarding, we’ve…

File for the Oregon Food Processing Property Tax Exemption Before Year-End

Qualified machinery and equipment (M&E) placed in service in Oregon during 2018 may be eligible for a five-year property tax exemption, applicable to tax years beginning on or after July 1, 2019. Real and personal property used in business—including machinery, equipment, and other tangible items—is generally subject to tax in…

OMEP Launches Food Safety Cohort 6-Part Series on FSMA Implementation

Thanks to a grant from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), OMEP will offer a 6-part workshop series focused on FSMA implementation this Summer in Portland, free of charge (value of $4500 per company)! With the deadlines for FSMA compliance past due, this workshop series is an excellent…

Redmond Students Make Oregon Proud

Three students from Redmond High School who are part of the Panther Tech Manufacturing Team in Redmond, Oregon, recently beat out many high school students across Oregon to win Gold in Automated Manufacturing Technology as part of SkillsUSA Oregon. Dan Kernion, their teacher, was formerly a…