The Value Stream

An Oregon Manufacturers' Resource

PQR Analysis

Identifying a common measurement A major concern for most job shops has been to identify a common unit of measure that everyone can understand and that allows the application of “Takt Time” (a mathematical equation that allows you to set and maintain a manufacturing rhythm). For lack of a better…

Oregon Manufacturing Award Winners

Celebration is in the air! We had the pleasure of kicking off the holiday season at the Portland Business Journal’s Oregon Manufacturing Awards. 2015’s awards were held on Thursday, October 30th; during breakfast OMEP shared a table with clients FEI and Premier Press at the Sentinel Hotel. Columbia Sportswear CEO…

Sponsor Highlight: AKT

We are featuring our sponsors in a series of posts. You can learn more about each exciting organization below. We are thankful for our partnership with AKT Advisors and their strong understanding of the manufacturing industry. Representative Name : Chad Summers Representative Title:  Manufacturing Business Advisor Sponsorship Level:   Gold Sponsor What…

21 Hundred Gigawatts of Innovation!

Don your 80s puffer vest, pull out your moon boots and fire up your DeLorean, folks. Today, October 21, 2015 is the date Marty and Doc (of the Back To The Future trilogy) travel to in their DeLorean time machine. Turns out, they got a…

Lean Foundations: An Interview with States Industries

October 7, 2015 by Jasmine Agnor Recently I had the chance to connect with two students who attended OMEP’s four-part Lean Fundamentals course, led by Kristi Smith and Gary Conner. Students Dani and Amanda were sent to the class by their Plant Manager, Donnie Graves of States Industries. Working at…

Manufacturing Day 2015, Recap

Manufacturing Day 2015 was a great success, not just for Oregon, but nation wide. We’re still waiting for the final numbers, but we know that at least 80 companies participated in events across Oregon, hosting over 2,000 participants! Canby and Washington County smashed last year’s records.

Manufacturing Day 2015: The Largest Event Yet

September 28, 2015 by Jasmine Agnor In three days the world will celebrate National Manufacturing Day. October 2, 2015 promises to be the largest manufacturing day ever, by a wide margin! What started as a simple salute to manufacturers two years ago has become one of the most influential international…

Oregon Manufacturing Day!

October 3, 2014, or the first Friday in October, marks the third annual National Manufacturing Day (MFG Day). Three years ago this holiday was designed to expand knowledge about and improve public perception of manufacturing careers and manufacturing’s value to the U.S. economy. To celebrate, companies and organizations around…

Do You Have An Exit Strategy?

Dave Looper, OMEP’s Business Transition Planning Specialist, guides manufacturing executives through the transition process. His September Transition Planning Breakfast is sold out, but you can reserve a spot for the next session at the bottom of this post. There are 10,000 baby boomers turning 65 years of age every…

The Most Powerful Leadership Tool: Positive Reinforcement

Top performance requires more than hiring good people.  It requires a leadership team that believes in helping their employees to be successful in performing their job. Performance feedback and positive reinforcement from the leadership team is essential for an employee’s top performance. The two…