The Value Stream

An Oregon Manufacturers' Resource

Spotlight on KeyBank

This is part of an ongoing series of spotlight interviews with our fabulous sponsors. Say hello to Barb Cardinale, Senior Vice President and Business Banking Team Sales Leader at KeyBank What is your favorite part about your job at KeyBank? Every day, I am energized by the important role we…

Spotlight on: Schwabe Williamson and Wyatt

Representative Title: Jean Back, Of Counsel, Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt What are some of the biggest challenges you see manufacturers facing in 2017? 2017 will bring interesting issues and potential changes for manufacturers.  On the federal side, President Trump ran on an agenda of revitalizing manufacturing in America and renegotiating…

5 Reasons You Should Attend the Oregon Manufacturers’ Summit

Each year over 250 manufacturers gather for the Oregon Manufacturers’ Summit in Salem Oregon. This year’s event is a wee, away! If you haven’t signed up yet, here are a few great reasons you should consider attending. Learn about the Oregon Manufacturing Innovation Center (OMIC) in Scappoose. This really is…

Oregon Talent Council Sponsor Spotlight

Thank you to our bronze sponsor of 2017, Oregon Talent Council. This post is the first part of a series highlighting OMEP’s fantastic sponsor companies and organizations. Representative Title: Melissa Leoni, Executive Director What is your favorite part about your job at Oregon Talent Council? My favorite part of my…

The Art of Job Task Analysis

A job task analysis helps break down a job into smaller, manageable chunks for on-the-job training. Whether you are developing work instructions or writing a job description, breaking down a job into a set of daily, weekly, and monthly tasks can seem daunting. Which tasks do you start with? How…

What My Clients Have Taught Me

The past 25 years of my career in manufacturing, and especially my last 4 years as a consultant, have been filled with lessons about making things better, and mostly learning about human nature.  Here are some important lessons I’ve learned from working with Oregon manufacturers across sectors. It doesn’t matter what I know, it only…

Deciphering New Lease Accounting Changes

Over the past 10 years, the U.S. Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) and the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) have been working together on a plan to overhaul lease accounting. The primary benefits of leasing will be unchanged under the new rules:  Leasing continues to provide a host of advantages,…

BOLI Reverses Long-Standing Position on Overtime in Manufacturing

In a surprising move, the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) is now taking the position that manufacturing employers should pay both daily and weekly overtime if earned in the same workweek, not merely the greater of the two amounts. Sometime in December 2016, BOLI quietly changed both its…

Lean Purchasing for Manufacturers

Lean Manufacturing = Eliminating Waste For several decades, manufacturers have been pursuing lean on their shop floor to reduce costs and improve lead times through waste elimination and process improvement.  Identification and elimination of the 8 Wastes, reduction of non-value add activities, 5S workplaces, standard work, and continuous…

It’s Not the Bottom, It’s the Foundation

I recently came across this blog post from marketing guru Seth Godin, and felt that it was very pertinent to manufacturers who want to make their workplaces great places to work. Read on for an insightful post about leadership, organizational transparency, and the foundational work of managing your workforce so they are…