The Value Stream

An Oregon Manufacturers' Resource

RAPID and the MEP – A Boon for Small Businesses

OMEP was recently featured in the RAPID newsletter. The original post is below. RAPID’s partnership with the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) continues to bear fruit. An invaluable resource, MEPs help small manufactures effectively engage with RAPID. To date, MEPs have identified and helped attract six new members, initiated three…

How Manufacturers Can Detect, Prevent, And Deter Fraud

Emily Bradford, a Senior Manager at Geffen Mesher, recently recorded a thought leadership podcast with the Portland Business Journal. She spoke at length about why manufacturers are particularly susceptible to fraud, how business owners can recover when fraud does occur, and what Geffen Mesher does to prevent…

Secrets for Successful ERP Implementation

We hear from clients across the state who are looking for ERP upgrades. Whether you’re looking to upgrade an old system, or implement a system for the first time, it is a challenging process. However, with adequate time invested up front, things can go much more smoothly. Selecting and implementing…

Becoming A Lean Savant Book Launch – Interview with Author Gary Conner

Two time Shingo Prize winner Gary Conner recently published his latest book, ‘Becoming a Lean Savant’. Gary is a veteran consultant having spent thirty years consulting to over 350 companies and facilitating more than 1500 project across the US and Canada. He has worked with manufacturers in…

Curious About Apprenticeships in Machining and Welding? Don’t Miss This Event!

Are you a metals manufacturer? Looking for machinists and welder fabricators? Can’t find them? Are you curious about apprenticeships? What are they? How can they help you train machinists and welder fabricators at your company? Portland Community College and the Oregon Manufacturing Innovation Center (OMIC) Training Center has…

NIST Machinery Maintenance Cost Study: Making the Business Case – We Need Your Help

By: Douglas Thomas Efficient machinery maintenance methods can mean the difference between a thriving profitable firm and one that loses money and sales (e.g., imagine a firm that has machines that are frequently down or one that has numerous product defects). As reported in NIST AMS 100-18, manufacturers have reported…

Seven Tips for Continuous Improvement

If you’ve been in manufacturing for any length of time, you know that continuous improvement is both the key to success, but also difficult to sustain. That’s why OMEP hosts regular learning tours to allow manufacturers to learn from one another, gathering information, feedback, and ideas for their own…

Are Middle Market Companies Preparing for an Economic Slowdown?

The Great Recession ended in 2009 and, despite the growth that has prevailed in the decade since, many middle market business owners have been watching economic trends closely and taking steps to prepare for the time when growth stalls. While overall sentiment for the U.S. economy remains very positive, a…

New Requirements for Noncompetition Agreements in Oregon and Washington

Employers with noncompetition agreements in Oregon and Washington must take note of the changes enacted by the legislature in both states. Noncompetition provisions are restrictive covenants, which can appear on their own in an agreement but are usually part of a broader employment or nondisclosure agreement. These covenants, which restrict…

MEP Creates Critical Connections

David McFeeters-Krone introduces a concept of using the MEP network to help FLC stakeholder firms (licensees, CRADA partners, contractors) accelerate their development and marketing by tapping into the Manufacturing USA Institutes. At a gathering of the 350 federal labs, David explains how the 14 Manufacturing USA institutes are positioned…