The Value Stream

An Oregon Manufacturers' Resource

Curiosity and Trust: A Manufacturing Leadership Guide

“Results driven.”  This is how you might have described a boss that I once had.  I was a fairly new manager at the time, and had just been promoted to run a department that was struggling with both delivery and quality.  My boss was definitely results driven, which on its…

Closing the Manufacturing Skills Gap Through Credentials

Even as the economy rebounds and unemployment drops, the United States faces a skills gap, and particularly so in the manufacturing section. This skills deficit stems from a mismatch – many of today’s job seekers don’t have the competencies needed for today’s high-skill manufacturing jobs. According to the National Association…

Product Recall: A Quick Guide for Manufacturers

This is a guest blog post by our valued sponsors at Schwabe Williamson and Wyatt. Jeff Eden and Katie Kelly are attorneys for Schwabe, Williamson and Wyatt. They can be reached at jeden@schwabe.com or kkelly@schwabe.com.   It’s Monday morning and you receive a call from a…

SkillsUSA Oregon

SkillsUSA Oregon, is a partnership of students, teachers, and industry working together to ensure Oregon has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA is a national student organization that serves students enrolled in career and technical education training programs in high schools and colleges. SkillsUSA programs help to promote community service and establish…

4 Ways to Achieve Top Line Growth

For manufacturers business growth can be especially challenging. Aside from the big questions about HOW to actually grow the business, support considerations must be in place for success. For example, how do you build the infrastructure needed to support additional sales? How do you keep quality of production in place…

Improving Accounts Payable Efficiency with Purchase Cards

Purchase cards—also known as P-cards or procurement cards—provide businesses with significant opportunities to streamline processing and improve working capital. By replacing paper invoices and manual systems, P-cards help businesses cut operating costs, automate expense reconciliation processes and provide valuable insights on spend patterns. In addition, risk controls are enhanced and…

What FSMA Means for Food Processing Companies

This is a guest blog post by Teri and Alicia of Northwest Food Solutions What is FSMA? The Biggest Food Legislation Change In Decades Many of our clients and colleagues are talking about FSMA these days. The new Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is the largest piece of legislation we’ve…

Are You one of Oregon’s 100 Best Manufacturers?

We’re proud of the clients we serve. When it comes to improving performance, creating living wage jobs for Oregonians, and building a profitable economy, Oregon manufacturers are some of the best in the nation. As an organization, OMEP frequently talks about the responsibility of company owners and leadership to make their manufacturing…

It’s Not Too Early To Think About Manufacturing Day 2017!

Every year, hundreds of Oregon manufacturers celebrate National Manufacturing Day on the first Friday in October – This year it’s Friday, October 6th.  It might seem early to be talking about an event in October, but we know how fast time can move. Every year, this incredible event seems to sneak…

Avoiding Lean Fatigue

“Those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it.” – Winston Churchill There are repeating patterns throughout history, in Nature, in Economics, in International Relations, and yes, in business. One of the patterns that I have been studying is that of level of attention, enthusiasm, and resources applied toward continuous…