The Value Stream

An Oregon Manufacturers' Resource

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…

Do You Have An Exit Strategy?

Dave Looper, OMEP’s Business Transition Planning Specialist, guides manufacturing executives through the transition process. His September Transition Planning Breakfast is sold out, but you can reserve a spot for the next session at the bottom of this post. There are 10,000 baby boomers turning 65 years of age every…

Portland Made: New American Makers of the New Manufacturing Renaissance

The post below was originally on ADXPortland.com. Kelley Roy will be releasing a new book entitled Portland Made: New American Makers of the New Manufacturing Renaissance  in Fall of 2015. Read on to discover how manufactuers and makers can share resources through ADX. It’s almost difficult to think back to a…

Curt’s Cat: Lean Epiphanies Book Excerpt

Gary Conner, one of our Senior Consultants has recently published a book titled “Lean Epiphanies: Catapult the Cow and Other Inspirational Continuous Improvement Stories”. You can read more and purchase the book on the SME.org website. Since beginning his consulting career in the late 1990’s Gary has worked with 200…

5 Lessons I learned at the Oregon Manufacturers’ Summit

Oregon’s manufacturing community deserves the best that OMEP has to offer. As our events and marketing manager I poured every ounce of focus and ability into crafting a summit event that encapsulated the challenges and successes of being an Oregon manufacturer. To many degrees, this effort was successful. With a…