The Value Stream

An Oregon Manufacturers' Resource

Is the Business Innovation Workshop for you?

If you’re an owner or president at a manufacturing company  who wants to rise above the chaos of daily activities to stabilize and grow your business, come to this workshop. You will experience a shift in how you think about your business, and how you operate moving forward. It doesn’t…

Cybersecurity concerns and how to better safeguard data

In a recent KeyBank cybersecurity survey, theft of client data ranked as the greatest concern for middle market business owners and executives. For good reason. According to CSO Magazine, cyberattacks set a record in 2016, and the threat environment is going to be even more dangerous in 2017. Today’s…

The Number One Challenge for Oregon Employers

Recently the Oregon Talent Council (OTC) released their latest report on the manufacturing workforce landscape in our state. OMEP is proud to partner with the Oregon Talent council on several initiatives, including our Smart Talent program. Over the past two years the OTC has sought out the opinions and…

Top 10 Retail Trends for Growing Manufacturers

The manufacturing industry is changing at a pace far surpassing previous decades, moving from the product era to the consumer era to the information era. At this pace, manufacturers are challenged to respond to the advances made by closely related industries, such as technology and retail. To remain competitive and…

Marijuana in Manufacturing

The manufacturing labor shortage has become more acute with the legalization of marijuana. Long-standing, highly-regarded companies are struggling to find—and keep—qualified workers able to pass a drug test and work physically demanding jobs. This post tackles the question: should manufacturers relax testing for marijuana? Given legal liability, shortfalls in current…

Curiosity and Trust: A Manufacturing Leadership Guide

“Results driven.”  This is how you might have described a boss that I once had.  I was a fairly new manager at the time, and had just been promoted to run a department that was struggling with both delivery and quality.  My boss was definitely results driven, which on its…

Closing the Manufacturing Skills Gap Through Credentials

Even as the economy rebounds and unemployment drops, the United States faces a skills gap, and particularly so in the manufacturing section. This skills deficit stems from a mismatch – many of today’s job seekers don’t have the competencies needed for today’s high-skill manufacturing jobs. According to the National Association…

Product Recall: A Quick Guide for Manufacturers

This is a guest blog post by our valued sponsors at Schwabe Williamson and Wyatt. Jeff Eden and Katie Kelly are attorneys for Schwabe, Williamson and Wyatt. They can be reached at jeden@schwabe.com or kkelly@schwabe.com.   It’s Monday morning and you receive a call from a…

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…