The Value Stream

An Oregon Manufacturers' Resource

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…

State of Oregon Streamlines Little-Known Part-Time Unemployment Program

When faced with the prospect of layoffs, employers often feel overwhelmed or disempowered, completely at the whim of the marketplace. We recently became aware that the Oregon Employment Department has enhanced a program that provides an alternative to layoffs. The “Work Share” program allows part-time unemployment benefits to be…

Lessons Learned at the 2017 Oregon Manufacturers’ Summit

At the fourth annual Oregon Manufacturers’ Summit, over 200 attendees came together to advance manufacturing and celebrate innovation. As OMEP’s Marketing and Events Manager, I pour every ounce into building an educational, inspiring, and useful event for Oregon manufacturers. This year was no exception. You can read news coverage of…

Total System Thinking: Learn To Truly See Your Business

So often business owners make decisions based on intuition, luck, or the magic 8 ball. As a small or mid-sized manufacturer, there are so many factors that can affect your company’s profitability, both inside and outside of your control. How do you make proactive decisions for the betterment of your…

OREGON: Trial judge okays paying greater of daily versus weekly overtime

Multnomah County circuit court judge recently ruled against workers who claimed their manufacturing employer should have paid them both daily and weekly overtime, not just the greater of the two amounts. This was the lawsuit that launched an uproar over how Oregon manufacturers should calculate overtime pay for employees who…

Spotlight on Moss Adams

This is part of our spotlight series featuring our incredible sponsors! Read on for an interview with Eric Balentine of Moss Adams.  What is your favorite part about your job at Moss Adams? The most rewarding part about public accounting is helping our clients find creative solutions to their complex problems.

Spotlight on KeyBank

This is part of an ongoing series of spotlight interviews with our fabulous sponsors. Say hello to Barb Cardinale, Senior Vice President and Business Banking Team Sales Leader at KeyBank What is your favorite part about your job at KeyBank? Every day, I am energized by the important role we…

Spotlight on: Schwabe Williamson and Wyatt

Representative Title: Jean Back, Of Counsel, Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt What are some of the biggest challenges you see manufacturers facing in 2017? 2017 will bring interesting issues and potential changes for manufacturers.  On the federal side, President Trump ran on an agenda of revitalizing manufacturing in America and renegotiating…