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…

Manufacturing Matters Oregon – Season 3 of the Podcast

OMEP is pleased to announce the third season of our new collaborative podcast, Manufacturing Matters Oregon. We’ve been hard at work making exciting changes to the podcast, and are pleased to announce that the Manufacturing Matters Oregon Podcast is back for another season! For…

Manufacturing Skills Standards Survey

The Oregon Department of Education is seeking input on the skills desired of entry-level job candidates in the Manufacturing sector. Your feedback will be used to update the standards that career and technical education (CTE) teachers and faculty in Oregon consult when designing coursework. The survey asks you to rate…

How Manufacturers Can Create a Self-Motivating Environment to Engage & Retain Talent

Most manufacturers are familiar with the widening ‘skills gap.’ This is a multifaceted issue that includes Baby Boomer and Gen X generations retiring, lack of focused professional development and sufficient on-the-job training, and lost opportunities to capture intellectual and institutional knowledge among other things. OMEP has been hearing from manufacturers…

Update your Hiring Practices To Stay Competitive

Many studies have cited the skills shortage as a reason manufacturers can’t find or keep workers. While there is no denying that the traded sectors are having difficulty attracting and finding talent compared to other industries, consider that old-school recruiting and training strategies may be the culprit. Manufacturers who complain…

PCC OMIC Training Center – Mechatronics Program

PCC OMIC Training Center is developing a Mechatronics program to be delivered in the Fall. This training will be a non-credit program aimed at upskilling your technician workforce. As they are finalizing this program over the next few weeks, they are looking for your partnership and support in these three areas:…

Manufacturing Matters Oregon – Season 2 of the Podcast

OMEP is pleased to announce the second season of our new collaborative podcast, Manufacturing Matters Oregon. Hosted by our very own Linda Wechsler,  this podcast is dedicated to telling the stories of Northwest manufacturers. USiA and KAM Apparel Episode one of our second…

How Relay Resources Can Help Solve 4 Common Manufacturing Challenges

Manufacturing companies in the Pacific Northwest are diverse, ranging from food production to microchips and everything in between, but one thing all manufacturers have in common is a desire to maximize effort, time, and money. Wherever your manufacturing business is in its lifecycle, you can tap…

All New MFG Day!

A portion of this article was originally created by NIST MEP and is featured on the Manufacturing Innovation Blog  Manufacturing Day is Back Given the limitations with public gatherings and social distancing practices prompted by the current pandemic, it’s uncertain whether manufacturers will be hosting traditional on-site tours…

The Number One Killer of Lean Improvements for Manufacturers

During my time as a consultant at OMEP, I partnered with many successful manufacturers over the years. While their products and industry sectors varied, the determination shown by each business leader to continually improve required the same level of dedication and commitment. Manufacturing is a challenging industry, but these men…