The Value Stream

An Oregon Manufacturers' Resource

New Market Opportunity: Drive Down the Costs of Chemical Manufacturing

OMEP will help manufacturers engage with the federally funded, billion-dollar research and development program Manufacturing USA.  We are seeking US companies who are interested in driving down the capital and operating costs in chemical manufacturing through the advancement of modular chemical process intensification. This will be done through the…

2017 Manufacturing Day ReCap

Photo Courtesy Bill Craighead On October 6 manufacturing careers were showcased to students, teachers, and parents at over 2,800 events across the United States. In Oregon, Manufacturing Day 2017 was bigger than ever, boasting 92 events statewide, with over 190 manufacturers opening their doors to nearly 1,700 students. We’ve…

OSHA’s Anti-Retaliation Rule is in Effect for Now

With many Obama administration policies being reviewed and reconsidered under the current administration, you may be wondering what is the status of Federal OSHA’s anti-retaliation rule. The Trump administration has signaled that it intends to reconsider the rule, which took effect December 1, 2016. The rule clarified the agency’s existing…

Four Ways to Save Money on IT

IT Assurance helps business owners make good choices. Sometimes the best option for a business is to buy new equipment and set up new systems. And, more often, we find that business owners can save significant amounts of money and gain important business efficiencies by improving their existing systems and…

Closing the Skills Gap Through Credentials – Pt 2

We recently published a blog post and online survey sponsored by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), through the Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) to examine the quality, market value, and effectiveness of manufacturing credentials.  Thank you for participating! The study, conducted in partnership with Workcred,…

Lane County Celebrates National Manufacturing Day 2017

National Manufacturing Day was bigger than ever this year, drawing thousands of manufacturers to open their doors to students and the public across the United States. The goal? Show modern manufacturing in action to inspire students into manufacturing careers. Oregon has a long history of Manufacturing Day celebrations and this…

FAQ: New Oregon Employment Laws

This year Oregon enacted multiple new employment laws that will affect Oregon manufacturers, including overtime pay regulations and pay equity. To help employers sort through the new laws, Vigilant employment attorneys recently hosted a webinar to discuss the 2017 legislation changes. Vigilant attorneys Karen Davis and Diane Buisman offer…

Manufacturing Day 2017!

October 6, 2017, marks the seventh annual National Manufacturing Day (MFG Day). In 2011 this national holiday was designed to expand knowledge about and improve public perception of manufacturing careers and manufacturing’s value to the U.S. economy. To celebrate, companies and organizations around the U.S. have ‘joined the movement’ and created…

New Business for Oregon Manufacturers – Global Exports

Foreign Markets Represent a Huge Potential for Oregon’s Products Did you know that Oregon’s total exports grew by 8.3% just in the last year, to $21.7 billion? The growth came largely from countries in the Asia Pacific. For example, Oregon’s exports to China grew by 21 % in 2016, reaching…

How to Protect Your Information from Being Misused After the Equifax Breach

On September 7, 2017, Equifax reported a data breach that occurred between mid-May and July. In terms of pure numbers—it reportedly affects 143 million consumers—this isn’t the largest data breach; however, due to the data content that was lost, it’s being reported as the most damaging breach. The data that…