The Value Stream

An Oregon Manufacturers' Resource

File for the Oregon Food Processing Property Tax Exemption Before Year-End

Qualified machinery and equipment (M&E) placed in service in Oregon during 2018 may be eligible for a five-year property tax exemption, applicable to tax years beginning on or after July 1, 2019. Real and personal property used in business—including machinery, equipment, and other tangible items—is generally subject to tax in…

OMEP Launches Food Safety Cohort 6-Part Series on FSMA Implementation

Thanks to a grant from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), OMEP will offer a 6-part workshop series focused on FSMA implementation this Summer in Portland, free of charge (value of $4500 per company)! With the deadlines for FSMA compliance past due, this workshop series is an excellent…

Redmond Students Make Oregon Proud

Three students from Redmond High School who are part of the Panther Tech Manufacturing Team in Redmond, Oregon, recently beat out many high school students across Oregon to win Gold in Automated Manufacturing Technology as part of SkillsUSA Oregon. Dan Kernion, their teacher, was formerly a…

Could Your Plant Benefit from a FREE Energy Assessment?

Looking for new ways to trim energy operating costs and increase the bottom line in your facility? Whether you’ve already made energy improvements or are just getting started, an energy assessment can help you determine the largest savings and decide where to focus. Available at no cost to eligible customers…

Understanding Your Smallest Viable Market: Personas for Manufacturers

As a manufacturer, you probably wear many hats at once. We talk to clients who are their company’s marketer, salesperson, production manager, and janitor. Even if that isn’t the case and you have a team who fills some of those roles for you, marketing in the manufacturing sector is challenging.With…

Owners Panel: Exiting Your Business On Your Terms

A Business Exit is Inevitable All business owners must consider a transition from their company, whether they’re ready to leave now or 20 years from now. Studies show that without proper planning, only 20 percent of businesses are sold. That means 80 percent are not sold, which translates to lost…

OMEP Joins Oregon Manufacturing Innovation Center, R&D

In February 2019, OMEP became a member of the Oregon Manufacturing Innovation Center, Research and Development (OMIC R&D). OMIC R&D is a world-class collaborative environment bringing together industry, higher education and government in partnership to develop new tools, techniques, and technologies to address near-term manufacturing challenges through applied research and…

Food NW: Summer Manufacturing Camp Builds Interest in Manufacturing Careers

Summer Manufacturing Camp Builds Interest in Manufacturing Careers Our series on the future generation of manufacturing employees continues with a highlight on something everyone loves—summer camp! The Port of Morrow and its partners in Eastern Oregon have brought a national summer camp program to the region. Now in its 2nd…

CFOs Guide Companies More Efficiently with Cost Accounting

Imagine this common scenario: Your company is doing well producing and selling a product at a 20 percent margin. You’re calculating your costs but aren’t in fact capturing all your actual costs. Your actual costs would show you’re closer to a 15 percent profit margin. No one wants to be…

The Lean Transformation – There is No Magic Wand

Over much of the last 2 decades, I have had the opportunity to learn a great deal about this idea we refer to as “Lean Manufacturing.”  When I reflect on all that I have learned, and the manner in which I learned it, I realize one overarching (and maybe very…