The Value Stream

An Oregon Manufacturers' Resource

Opportunity to share your workforce needs with state workforce planners

 In partnership with the Oregon Workforce and Talent Development Board, Oregon’s Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC) is conducting a Talent Assessment to gather industry input on workforce issues. As an Oregon manufacturer, you can provide critical perspectives on the workforce landscape and opportunities for improvement within your industry. The survey…

Meet the Champion: Dan Wahlstrom, Lean Manufacturing Engineer, Simonds International

As the oldest cutting tool manufacturer in North America, Simonds International has learned to maximize the value of the industry’s latest technologies. That penchant for innovation is one reason Simonds’ Portland plant adopted lean manufacturing and Energy Trust’s Strategic Energy Management (SEM) offering at the same time. The goals of both…

2018 Oregon Manufacturers’ Summit Recap

The 2018 Oregon manufacturers’ Summit has officially wrapped, and our 5th year was a great success. Below is a summary of key points. If you want more, and to see slides from all the breakout sessions, visit summit.omep.org. Embrace Technology Strategically “If you can maximize everything, so can your…

Connect 2 Careers Launched!

After more than two-years of work and partnership on the part of Manufacturing 21 with Worksystems. Inc., the Connect2Careers system has been launched. Its purpose is to transform the way our region prepares young adults for careers in our key industries – including manufacturing. The initial focus…

Seeking Host Company for PDCA Workshop

The Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME) will be hosting a workshop titled PDCA:  The Core of Sustained Improvement Efforts. The session will be led by our very own Sheila Cuyler! The purpose of this hands-on workshop is to develop participants Lean thinking abilities and to build…

NW Industrial Energy Efficiency Summit

This year’s NW Industrial Energy Efficiency Summit agenda includes the latest best practices and technical resources for industrial facilities in the Pacific Northwest. In its tenth year, the Summit will provide attendees with information on the latest technology advancements and a share out of the lessons learned from the…

Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing Survey

As part of the MEP network, the Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Institute is requesting your insight on the state of education/workforce development (EWD) as it pertains to the national manufacturing ecosystem and robotics/automation. We developed a brief but comprehensive survey in partnership with ARM member organization Texas A&M and…

Creating a Culture of Innovation: Start in Your Sales & Marketing Departments

In the first of this three-part blog series, we introduced the notion of starting with your sales and marketing departments as places where you can innovate new aligned, value-based best practices and processes. In this blog we’ll look at WHY these practices/processes are important to your company’s future, WHAT…

Creating a Culture of Innovation

Innovation – the key to American success, prosperity, and global influence. Those of us in the manufacturing sector have heard for years that our country’s economic growth and prosperity is in part due to innovative products produced by manufacturers using innovative best practices and processes. Many believe “innovation” is the…

2018 Trends in Advanced Manufacturing

In the past couple of years, discussion on the future of manufacturing has birthed the concepts of Industry 4.0 and SMART Manufacturing.  What do these concepts mean and how do they affect any changes to your business? Industry 4.0 and SMART Manufacturing are concepts, meant to capture the idea that…