The Value Stream

An Oregon Manufacturers' Resource

Different people, different perspectives on lean

Originally published in THE FABRICATOR® MAY 2015  By: Charlie Hopewell, Dave Davidson, Gary Conner Employees and managers experience a lean transformation in vastly different ways. Understanding these viewpoints can help change a company culture to one that embraces continuous improvement. When managers, supervisors, or front-line workers have no interest…

Jean Back: OMEP Board Member

This post is a part of a series featuring OMEP’s board members – shining some light on the dedicated individuals who help OMEP to be successful. Read on for thoughts from Jean Ohman Back, Employment Litigation and Advice Attorney at Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt. Name Jean Ohman Back Title Employment…

Curt’s Cat: Lean Epiphanies Book Excerpt

Gary Conner, one of our Senior Consultants has recently published a book titled “Lean Epiphanies: Catapult the Cow and Other Inspirational Continuous Improvement Stories”. You can read more and purchase the book on the SME.org website. Since beginning his consulting career in the late 1990’s Gary has worked with 200…

Driving Profits through a Highly Engaged Workforce

This month’s guest blog post features Rose Marshall of Innovation Frameworks LLC. She is an OMEP partner and presented most recently at the Oregon Manufacturers’ Summit on Employee Engegement. HAVING ENGAGED EMPLOYEES IS IMPORTANT Studies by Gallup and other respected research facilities tout the benefits of engaged employees. Performance indicators …

5 Lessons I learned at the Oregon Manufacturers’ Summit

Oregon’s manufacturing community deserves the best that OMEP has to offer. As our events and marketing manager I poured every ounce of focus and ability into crafting a summit event that encapsulated the challenges and successes of being an Oregon manufacturer. To many degrees, this effort was successful. With a…

Building Thriving Companies In Rural Oregon

As a business accelerator, we help manufacturers across the state become more profitable and increase efficiencies. Our intentionally located offices in rural areas of Oregon underline OMEP’s belief that rural areas are crucial to our state’s prosperity, culture, and overall growth. Each year at the Oregon Business Leaders’…

2014 Oregon Manufacturing Award Winners

November 6, 2014 by Jasmine Agnor OMEP was honored to attend Portland Business Journal’s Oregon Manufacturing Awards Ceremony on Thursday, October 30. Sitting with clients Miles Fiberglass and Bridgetown Natural Foods, we listened to a fascinating panel discussion with Tamara Lundgren, CEO of Schnitzer Steel and Corey Yraguen, President of…

OMEP’S Made in Oregon Gift Guide 2014!

This season, OMEP returns with our annual Made in Oregon Gift Guide. There’s still plenty of time to stock up for the holidays, and maybe get a treat for yourself along the way. Our guide features Oregon companies from all corners of the state. Blue Raeven Farmstand  Raevenbrook Farm…

Technology Solutions for Your Manufacturing Facility

Photos Courtesy ReThink Robotics  OMEP recently held our first ever Collaborative Robotics Web Showcase in conjunction with Impact Washington, Tech Help, and the Northwest Food Processors Association. If you missed the webinar, feel free to view the presentation here. Scroll down the page for links. At OMEP, we are…

Manufacturing Week Wrap Up

This was my first year participating in manufacturing day, and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the national spirit of creativity, and appreciation for makers in America. AMERICAN MADE MOVIE OMEP’s manufacturing week kicked off with a screening of American Made Movie at the quintessentially ‘Portland’ theatre, Cinema 21. It was a…