The Value Stream

An Oregon Manufacturers' Resource

POSTPONED – 2020 Oregon Manufacturers’ Summit

We are extremely disappointed to announce that we are postponing the 2020 Oregon Manufacturers’ Summit, originally scheduled for Friday, March 13th. With recent COVID 19 outbreaks in Washington and Clark county growing, and a state of emergency declared, we have determined to take a cautious approach…

Five Reasons you Should Attend the 2020 Oregon Manufacturers’ Summit

In just over a week, OMEP will host the 7th annual Oregon Manufacturers’ Summit. If you haven’t signed up yet, consider the following five reasons to join 300 other local manufacturers for an unforgettable experience. 1. AN INTERACTIVE EXPERIENCE DESIGNED JUST FOR YOU After careful testing, OMEP…

PCC, partners dig into new era for training in Columbia County

Originally Published on PCC News: Photos and Story by James Hill Left to right, PCC OMIC Director Andrew Lattanner, PCC Board Trustee Tiffani Penson, State Sen. Betsy Johnson, PCC Board Chair Jim Harper, PCC President Mark Mitsui, OMIC R&D…

Preparing for a New Decade of U.S. Manufacturing

By: Nico Thomas Credit: iStock/B4LLS Each new year brings about a period of reflection, where one can think back on the path that the previous year took us on. The coming year represents an even larger opportunity for reflection as the world enters a new decade. Reflection provides…

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…