The Value Stream

An Oregon Manufacturers' Resource

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…

Social Distancing Best Practices for Manufacturers

As Oregon begins reopening, things are going to be a little different in the workplace – especially for manufacturers. Over the past few weeks, we’ve seen many questions about how to safely operate, and what social distancing should look like on the factory floor. The idea of maintaining a minimum…

Leadership During Uncertain Times

As business leaders who are dealing with uncertainty, the ability to remain calm during this time is an opportunity to strengthen your relationships with staff and clients for the long term. During my last webinar I shared my thoughts about leadership during uncertain times, based on my own experience…

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…

Optimism Growing Among Women-Owned Small Businesses

A new Key4Women Confidence survey finds positive trends among women-owned small businesses, from business growth in the future to optimism on a more level business environment. By Ron Wolfe, Vice President and Senior Relationship Manager, KeyBank Linda Hamilton, Vice President and Senior Relationship Manager…

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…

Total System Thinking: Learn To Truly See Your Business

So often business owners make decisions based on intuition, luck, or the magic 8 ball. As a small or mid-sized manufacturer, there are so many factors that can affect your company’s profitability, both inside and outside of your control. How do you make proactive decisions for the betterment of your…

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…