The Value Stream

An Oregon Manufacturers' Resource

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…

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…