The Value Stream

An Oregon Manufacturers' Resource

The Manufacturing Landscape: Looking Back and Looking Forward

By: Ken Voytek Credit: iStock/zhudifeng I find that every so often it is good to step back and think about the current state of manufacturing in the broadest sense. We all see bits and pieces as part of our daily work with manufacturers across the country and from…

Manufacturing Matters Oregon Podcast

OMEP is pleased to announce the launch of a new collaborative podcast, Manufacturing Matters Oregon. Hosted by our very own Linda Wechsler,  this podcast is dedicated to telling the stories of Northwest manufacturers. The concept originated during an Industrial Districts Meeting Group, a…

Why You Know More About Industry 4.0 Than You Think

Originally Published through the NIST Manufacturing Innovation Blog Credit: iStock/ipopba If industrial manufacturing had a buzzword of the decade, it might be “Industry 4.0.” The concept is inescapable, yet it can be hard to define, especially for small and medium-sized manufacturers (SMMs). After all, SMMs’ capabilities, needs,…

Optimism Growing Among Women-Owned Small Businesses

A new Key4Women Confidence survey finds positive trends among women-owned small businesses, from business growth in the future to optimism on a more level business environment. By Ron Wolfe, Vice President and Senior Relationship Manager, KeyBank Linda Hamilton, Vice President and Senior Relationship Manager…

Oregon Manufacturers Gift Guide – 2019

It’s that time of year when the weather is getting colder, the mountains are getting fresh coats of snow, and the season for gift-giving is right around the corner! If finding the perfect presents for your loved ones leaves you feeling a little anxious, we are here to help. OMEP…

A Visit to The ARMC

OMEP is proud to be a member of the Oregon Manufacturing Innovation Center (OMIC R&D) in Scappoose, Oregon. OMIC is a Research and Development Center “focused on applying new technologies and processes for industrial competitive advantage and academic growth, while inspiring and educating the next generation’s manufacturing workforce.” This…

Thank You, Oregon Manufacturers!

This holiday season, we are grateful for those who make, manufacture, and create We’re grateful for you, Oregon manufacturers. You keep the economy moving forward by creating quality products and employing thousands of Oregonians with living-wage jobs. From the farmers who cultivate nutritious food, the businesses who process…

OMEP DFAR’s RFP

Public Notice The Oregon Manufacturing Extension Partnership, Inc. (OMEP) is seeking a qualified Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) IT contractor to assist OMEP in compliance with DFARS regulations. Specific work includes: Assess Current OMEP Compliance State Propose Recommendations for Compliance to Management Develop Roadmap to Achieve Compliance Implement Compliance…

Moss Adams: Fees and Sales Tax Considerations for Amazon Sellers and Vendors

This is a guest blog post by Moss Adams Staff: Jeff Fey, Partner, Food and Beverage Practice, Kris Dunning, Partner, Manufacturing and Consumer Products Practice, and Adam Cline, Partner, State & Local Tax Services Selling products on Amazon can provide immediate impact for companies looking to expand their sales…

What Manufacturers Need to Know About Cybersecurity Right Now

? The number of cyberattacks continues to rise, and cybercriminals are getting more determined. Companies are left trying to navigate confusing technical guidance in a rapidly changing digital landscape. Small manufacturers often don’t think their companies are at risk. After…