The Value Stream

An Oregon Manufacturers' Resource

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…

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.

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…

Supplier Scouting with OMEP

Small businesses are the backbone of the U.S. economy and create two-thirds of net new jobs that drive U.S. innovation and competitiveness. During this difficult time, manufacturers are looking for any opportunity to not only support their bottom line but also ramp up production of critically needed items. Enter the…

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…

Can a SWOT Analysis Help Me Find Opportunities for Growth?

This is a guest blog post from our fellow member of the MEP National Network, DVIRC A SWOT analysis, a common tool for evaluating your company’s Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats (SWOT), is valuable for a variety of strategic efforts: sales and marketing, new product development, growth planning, the list goes on. It…

Celebrating Oregon Manufacturer’s Support for Critical Workers

At OMEP we are constantly impressed by the resiliency and creativity of Oregon manufacturers. Challenging times highlight this creativity in an even bigger way. We have gratitude for the many NW manufacturers who have made quick adjustments to their normal processes in order to help produce products that are critically…

Lean Foundations: An Interview with States Industries

October 7, 2015 by Jasmine Agnor Recently I had the chance to connect with two students who attended OMEP’s four-part Lean Fundamentals course, led by Kristi Smith and Gary Conner. Students Dani and Amanda were sent to the class by their Plant Manager, Donnie Graves of States Industries. Working at…