OMEP News Releases

Articles on MFG Day 2018

October 15, 2018

  Joseph Gallivan of the Portland Tribune and Courtney Vaughn from Pamplin Media Group were just a couple of the attendees we saw making their way around the Manufacturing Day Event at OMIC R&D. Check out the articles below to…

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MEP Aids Medical Device Manufacturers

June 12, 2018

Bringing a medical device to market is a daunting prospect for even the largest manufacturers. There’s nurturing a concept from prototype to finished product; determining how and where to manufacture it; conducting trials for safety and efficacy; and getting FDA…

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Consultant Teaches Toyota’s Philosophy

June 12, 2018

Kleve Kee is as much a student of human behavior as he is an expert on industrial processes. As a managing consultant at the nonprofit Oregon Manufacturing Extension Partnership, he’s spent the past seven years working…

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Lean manufacturing meets custom tow truck assembly

April 18, 2018

The Fabricator: https://www.thefabricator.com/article/assembly/lean-manufacturing-meets-custom-tow-truck-assembly…

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Robots Strut Their Stuff in Tigard

March 20, 2018

Engineers and designes crowd OMEP summit in search of new efficiencies from robots In manufacturing, robots and 3D printing have caught the imaginations of the money makers and the makers respectively. Add the hot concept of innovation and you have…

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Don’t Fear Robots, Fear Irrelevance

March 14, 2018

OMEP’s new president on why Oregon manufacturers shouldn’t fear robots — they should fear irrelevance  Oregon manufacturers need to adopt and embrace technology to survive Portland Business Journal: https://www.bizjournals.com/portland/news/2018/03/14/guest-opinion-why-oregon-manufacturers-shouldnt.html…

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The Future of Manufacturing

March 11, 2018

Presented by OMEP, this year’s Oregon Manufacturing Summit focuses on tech with a CoBot demonstration This story has been updated from its original version. In Oregon, nearly 30 percent of the state’s gross product comes from manufacturing — the second-most…

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Advisory board supports local food and beverage companies

January 28, 2018

Register Guard: http://registerguard.com/rg/news/local/36353398-75/advisory-board-supports-local-food-and-beverage-companies.html.csp…

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New Products Quicken Pulse of Business

January 1, 2018

Register Guard: http://registerguard.com/rg/business/bluechip/36266632-62/new-products-quicken-pulse-of-business.html.csp…

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A Web Of Support Propels Growth For Two Northwest Snack Food Manufacturers

October 31, 2017

Food Processing Magazine: https://www.foodprocessing.com/articles/2017/production-support-small-business/…

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Manufacturing Success: Oregon Aero gives students inside glimpse at company’s operations during Manufacturing Day

October 20, 2017

Columbia County Spotlight: https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=4&ved=0ahUKEwia-_fRxP_WAhVox1QKHTwvD8sQFgg6MAM&url=http%3A%2F%2Fportlandtribune.com%2Fscs%2F83-news%2F376027-259615-manufacturing-success&usg=AOvVaw1mkhWkG52iA-fyC-9WMbaa…

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OMIC R&D

October 13, 2017

Columbia County Spotlight: http://pamplinmedia.com/scs/83-news/375294-260229-omic-r-and-d-anchor-for-innovation…

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Internship Program Ready to Roll

October 11, 2017

The Dalles Chronicle: http://www.thedalleschronicle.com/news/2017/sep/20/internship-program-ready-roll/…

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Students Take Tours for National Manufacturing Day

October 11, 2017

http://pamplinmedia.com/bvt/15-news/375075-259345-students-take-tours-for-national-manufacturing-day…

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Made in Redmond Tour Celebrates Manufacturing

October 6, 2017

KBND: http://kbnd.com/kbnd-news/local-news-feed/…

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Manufacturing Day Teaches Students About Local Jobs

October 6, 2017

East Oregonian: http://www.eastoregonian.com/eo/local-news/20171006/manufacturing-day-teaches-students-about-local-jobs…

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North Medford High School Hoping to Help Fill Manufacturing Skills Gap

October 6, 2017

KOBI: https://kobi5.com/news/north-medford-h-s-hoping-to-help-fill-manufacturing-skills-gap-62483/…

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WestSide Manufacturers Crying Out for Skilled Labor

October 6, 2017

Portland Tribune: http://portlandtribune.com/ttt/89-news/374771-259871-westside-manufacturing-crying-out-for-skilled-labor…

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Gorge Works Hosts Career Tours for Manufacturing Day

October 1, 2017

Hood River News: http://www.hoodrivernews.com/news/2017/sep/30/gorge-works-hosts-career-tours-manufacturing-day/…

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Plywood and Chocolate makers to Give Lane County Students Tours

September 22, 2017

The Register-Guard: http://registerguard.com/rg/news/local/36001187-75/plywood-and-chocolate-makers-to-give-lane-county-students-tours-next-week.html.csp…

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Schools Fabricate Manufacturing Day Events

September 22, 2017

Gresham Outlook: http://pamplinmedia.com/go/42-news/373075-257303-schools-fabricate-manufacturing-day-events…

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GK Machine Hosting Manufacturing Day Open House For Students

September 22, 2017

Woodburn Independent: http://pamplinmedia.com/wbi/152-news/372673-257021-gk-machine-hosting-manufacturing-day-open-house-for-students…

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Cleaning up the kitchen: Food and beverage processing is a core Oregon industry, changes in the law mean a scramble to catch up.

June 29, 2017

Portland Business Tribune: http://portlandtribune.com/but/239-news/363338-243133-cleaning-up-the-kitchen…

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Training available to help Lane County food and beverage makers meet new federal safety standards

June 29, 2017

The Register Guard: http://registerguard.com/rg/news/local/35713244-75/training-available-to-help-lane-county-food-and-beverage-makers-meet-new-federal-safety-standards.html.csp…

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Made In Yamhill County

June 14, 2017

The Tech Transformation: How Manufacturers are Adapting to a New Age http://files.newsregister.com/SPECIAL-SECTIONS/MadeInYamhillCounty/MIYC-2017/F9F83695185DF4DCCE9C6A8AD8C8F73E/MadeinYamhillCounty_2017_PT_linked_resized.pdf…

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Q&A with Aaron Fox

May 30, 2017

Oregon Business Magazine: http://www.oregonbusiness.com/article/item/17763-automation-will-transform-manufacturing…

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Empowering employees keeps companies on the cutting edge

May 2, 2017

The Register Guard: http://registerguard.com/rg/business/bluechip/35492854-62/empowering-employees-keeps-companies-on-the-cutting-edge.html.csp…

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Lean Into Manufacturing | OMEP summit shows manufacturing has a skills shortage but a bright future

March 16, 2017

Portland Business Journal: http://pamplinmedia.com/but/239-news/350234-229349-lean-into-manuacturing…

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OMEP President Chris Scherer hands reins to Aaron Fox

March 16, 2017

Portland Business Journal: http://www.bizjournals.com/portland/news/2017/03/13/omep-president-chris-scherer-hands-reins-to-aaron.html…

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Oregon Manufacturers Group Scheduled to Get New Leader

March 16, 2017

The Register Guard: http://registerguard.com/rg/business/35375292-63/oregon-manufacturers-group-scheduled-to-get-new-leader.html.csp…

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New resource connects local suppliers, manufacturers

February 17, 2017

New resource connects local suppliers, manufacturers…

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Lean Manufacturing: A Tale of Two Sandboxes

February 3, 2017

http://www.thefabricator.com/article/shopmanagement/lean-manufacturing-and-a-tale-of-two-sandboxes…

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Renewal Workshop, in Cascade Locks, puts a sustainable fix in clothing manufacturers’ defective products

January 5, 2017

Portland Business Journal…

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Rebranding Manufacturing

October 17, 2016

Business Tribune: http://pamplinmedia.com/but/239-news/326436-206110-rebranding-manufacturing…

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Secretary of Commerce Meets with students on Manufacturing Day

October 17, 2016

The Times: http://www.pamplinmedia.com/ttt/89-news/327220-206605-secretary-of-commerce-meets-with-students-on-manufacturing-day…

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Commerce Secretary to Speak At CAL

October 4, 2016

http://portlandtribune.com/go/42-news/325525-204813-commerce-secretary-to-speak-at-cal-…

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Oregon Governor Kate Brown Declares Manufacturing Month

October 4, 2016

http://www.mfgday.com/proclamations/2016/mayor-kate-brown…

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Statewide manufacturers group hires Eugene-based consultant

August 2, 2016

http://registerguard.com/rg/news/local/34620495-75/statewide-manufacturers-group-hires-eugene-based-consultant.html.csp…

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Brewing Up New Ways to Assess Performance

May 16, 2016

Oregon Business Magazine …

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Oregon Manufacturing Consultant Honored with Shingo Award, International Recognition for Research and Professional Publications

April 27, 2016

OMEP Senior Consultant, Gary Conner, receives Shingo Award at D.C. conference PORTLAND, Ore.—Gary Conner, a senior manufacturing consultant with the Oregon Manufacturing Extension Partnership (OMEP), was awarded the 2015 Shingo Research and Professional Publication Award yesterday, in Washington, D.C.,…

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Flex Time on the Assembly Floor

March 8, 2016

Oregon Business Magazine: http://www.oregonbusiness.com/100best/companies/2016/item/16435-work-here People employed by banks, technology companies and other knowledge-based companies and professional services often have the luxury of flex time — people who work for manufacturers, not so much. “We’re production oriented,” says Lori Miles-Olund, president of…

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Oregon manufacturers: To solve hiring challenges, look within

March 8, 2016

Statesman Journal: http://www.statesmanjournal.com/story/opinion/readers/2016/03/07/manufacturers-solve-hiring-challenges-look-within/81448652/ For years now, Oregon manufacturers have bemoaned the difficulty of finding workers with the skills their companies need to compete in a global economy. They’ve blamed high schools — and the OregonLegislature that funds them…

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The Oregon Manufacturing Extension Partnership to release “State of Manufacturing” results

March 2, 2016

The Oregon Manufacturing Extension Partnership (OMEP) announced it will hold the 2016 Manufacturers’ Summit on March 14 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Salem Convention Center. This year’s Summit theme, “Making Great Workplaces,” will address ways for…

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PDC and OMEP Partner on NW Manufacturers Switchboard to Build Industry Community

March 11, 2015

The Portland Development Commission and Oregon Manufacturers Extension Partnership have joined forces to initiate the NW Manufacturers Switchboard, an online tool to increase collaboration and resource education among Oregon and southwest Washington manufacturers. Slated to launch on Wednesday, March 11,…

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OMEP National Funding Doubled, Work Extended For Five Years

March 4, 2015

National Manufacturing Extension Partnership presented OMEP with a nearly $9 million award for continued statewide work with Oregon’s small and medium-sized manufacturers PORTLAND, Ore.—Oregon Manufacturing Extension Partnership (OMEP) secured an $8.96 million grant to be used during the next five…

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Hundreds of Oregon Manufacturers Attending Manufacturers’ Summit in Salem, March 11

March 3, 2015

Tickets are nearly sold out for Oregon’s premier manufacturing event; Oregon Manufacturers’ Summit and state leaders to honor the state’s makers of prosperity WHAT: Designed by the Oregon Manufacturing Extension Partnership (OMEP), this annual event celebrates and empowers manufacturers across…

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U.S. Congresswoman Bonamici and Mayor Hales to Join Hundreds of Students on Oct. 3 to Tour and Celebrate Portland-area Manufacturing Companies

October 1, 2014

Governor Kitzhaber and Mayor Hales declare first week of October to be Manufacturing Week WHAT: In celebration of National Manufacturing Day, Oregon Manufacturing Extension Partnership (OMEP) and companies across Oregon will host a number of free educational events, tours…

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Wilsonville Mayor Tim Knapp Proclaims October 2014 Manufacturing Month

October 1, 2014

U.S. Congresswoman Bonamici and Mayor Hales to Join Hundreds of Students on Oct. 3 to Tour and Celebrate Portland-area Manufacturing Companies WHAT: In celebration of National Manufacturing Day, Oregon Manufacturing Extension Partnership (OMEP) and companies across Oregon will…

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Mayor Hales Declares National Manufacturing Week

September 12, 2014

About OMEP OMEP is a not-for-profit team of business and manufacturing professionals – one of more than 60 Manufacturing Extension Partnership resource centers nationwide – that aims to make Oregon companies more competitive. OMEP provides Lean Enterprise training/implementation assistance…

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Three Marketing and Manufacturing Professionals Join OMEP Team

June 3, 2014

Portland, Ore. – The Oregon Manufacturing Extension Partnership (OMEP) today announced three new additions to its team of manufacturing and business operations professionals. The new team members, specializing in areas from marketing to sales, will support companies across the state…

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OMEP Announces Recipient of Patrick R. Murphy Leadership Award

April 10, 2014

Portland, Ore. – The Oregon Manufacturing Extension Partnership (OMEP) today named Peter Murray, VP Operations West at Welch Allyn, the 2014 winner of the Patrick R. Murphy Leadership Award. The award recognizes outstanding leadership among Oregon’s top manufacturing professionals, and…

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Four Manufacturing Professionals Join OMEP Team

April 2, 2014

Portland, Ore. – The Oregon Manufacturing Extension Partnership (OMEP) today announced four new additions to its team. The new team members will support companies across the state in a variety of manufacturing-related industries. New OMEP staff members include: Tracy Camp,…

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OMEP Announces Two New Statewide Board Members

April 2, 2014

Portland, Ore. – The Oregon Manufacturing Extension Partnership (OMEP) today announced two new officers for its statewide board representing top small and medium manufacturing companies around Oregon. Board members represent the manufacturing industries in central and southern Oregon as well…

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Oregon Manufacturing Extension Partnership helped create or retain 14,000 jobs since 2002

February 13, 2014

New report from PSU researchers concludes the non-profit has a “large, positive effect” on manufacturers Portland, Ore. – In its first decade, the Oregon Manufacturing Extension Partnership (OMEP) has helped manufacturing companies add or retain thousands of jobs and pump…

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Business Calendar Advisory Oregon Manufacturing Summit set for January 14, 2014 Registration open for “Manufacturing the Future” conference

December 19, 2013

Portland, Ore. – Oregon Manufacturing Extension Partnership (OMEP), the statewide organization charged with helping Oregon small- and medium-sized manufacturing companies grow, announces “Manufacturing the Future,” the first business summit dedicated to Oregon manufacturing firms. Date: January 14, 2014 Time: 7…

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OMEP Announces New Officers for Statewide Board

June 21, 2013

Portland, Ore. – The Oregon Manufacturing Extension Partnership (OMEP) announces a new slate of officers for its board representing top small and medium manufacturing companies around Oregon. The statewide board includes members in central and southern Oregon as well as…

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Oregon Manufacturing Extension Partnership helped create or retain over 1,000 jobs in Oregon OMEP releases impact for 2012

June 12, 2013

Portland, Ore. – The Oregon Manufacturing Extension Partnership (OMEP) assisted manufacturing companies in Oregon create or retain 1,052 jobs as the non-profit organization announced the cumulative impact of its work in the state of Oregon for 2012. Key results included…

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OMEP Hires New Staff; Opens Medford Office

January 24, 2013

Portland, Ore. – The Oregon Manufacturing Extension Partnership (OMEP) announces the hiring of two new key consultants, Paola Castaldo and Jim Wehrs, in its Portland office.  In addition, as a testament to the important role of the manufacturing sector to…

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Oregon Manufacturing Extension Partnership Names New Executive Director

February 14, 2012

Portland, Ore. – The Oregon Manufacturing Extension Partnership (OMEP) officially promoted its acting executive director, Chris Scherer, to permanent executive director. Scherer brings over 30 years in consulting and management experience in business and government to this leadership position at…

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National Manufacturing Study Reveals New Trends, Steps for Success

October 31, 2011

Portland, Ore. – The Oregon Manufacturing Extension Partnership (OMEP), along with its trade association, the American Small Manufacturers Coalition, this week released the results of its 2011 Next Generation Manufacturing (NGM) Study, identifying key trends affecting the industry and…

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