The nation's mean cost-efficiency score in manufacturing is 84.4. This means that U.S. manufacturers could reduce their total production costs by 15.6% and produce the same quantities of outputs. Oregon, Connecticut, and Iowa are at 100% efficiency. Source: American Institute for Economic Research.The Portland Development Commission and the leaders and innovators of the advanced manufacturing cluster have worked in close cooperation to identify the issues, challenges and opportunities confronting the industry. Based on the results, we have identified available resources to provide information to assist in addressing these issues. We invite your feedback and input to make this resource guide as thorough and complete as possible.
Workforce remains the predominant issue confronting manufacturers in this region. In recent years, focused efforts by public, private, non-profit and educational institutions have created a range of resources that concentrate on strengthening the region’s manufacturing workforce.Training programs also address the industry’s need to develop leadership, communication and overall supervisory skills in addition to technical competence.
|Worksystems Inc.||Worksystems, Inc. (WSI) is a nonprofit organization serving the City of Portland, Multnomah and Washington counties to coordinate a regional workforce system that supports individual prosperity and business competitiveness.|
|WorkSource Oregon||WorkSource Oregon connects skilled workers with company needs, and provides training and business incentives.|
|Portland Community College||CLIMB Center for Advancement
CLIMB Professional Development and Training offers organizations a wide array of Leadership, Management and Supervision topics as well as the integrated and structured Program Awards in the Leadership Academy. These results-oriented courses are focused on maximizing the talent of your high-potential employees and are tailored to meet the needs of your organization at times and locations that are a fit for you.
Management and Supervisory Development
The Management and Supervisory Development training program provides a comprehensive offering of training programs and courses to help you enhance your professional skills. Program Awards, Certificates and Associates Degree are available.
Portland Metropolitan Workforce Training Center (PMWTC)
Located in urban northeast Portland and part of PCC’s Extended Learning Campus, PMWTC’s primary program is called the Steps to Success, an employment and training program designed to help people receiving public assistance develop their skills and position them to be competitive for family wage jobs.
|Mt. Hood Community College||Business & Industry Workforce Training (BIWT)
The BIWT program provides continuing education and customized training to support professional development, licensure, and assist businesses with their workforce needs. The program also offers custom-designed curriculums.
|Clackamas Community College||Clackamas Community College has a number of workforce advisors that can help direct manufacturers to where they can find skilled job seekers.|
|Portland Workforce Alliance||Portland Workforce Alliance is dedicated to building enduring partnerships between local businesses and Portland metro high schools.|
Research & Development (R&D), competitiveness and job creation are inextricably linked. A total of 70% of all private sector R&D done in the U.S. is conducted in manufacturing. Manufacturing breeds new innovative ideas that lead to commercialization, new investment and job creation. The following resource is available to assist manufacturers in achieving their R&D needs:
|NW Collaboratory for Sustainable Manufacturing||NWCSM’s mission is to provide the necessary leadership to meet applied research and development and advanced educational needs of Oregon and Southwest Washington materials-based manufacturing companies. The higher education institutions that will be providing the research and development services include: Portland State University, Washington State University, Vancouver, University of Oregon, Oregon State University, and the Oregon Institute of Technology.|
|Engineering, Prototyping, Testing and R&D Resources||There are many regional firms that provide engineering, prototyping, testing and R&D Resources such as Epoch Product Design, Houserworks, NW Technical Products, RapidMade, Sherpa Design and SigmaDesign.|
Lean/efficiency improvements enable manufacturers to become more efficient by eliminating waste. Thorough lean implementation can increase manufacturing efficiencies by as much as 60%. Most of this region’s manufacturers have embraced lean but recognize that continuous improvement requires applied efforts.
|Oregon Manufacturing Extension Partnership||OMEP is a not-for-profit team of manufacturing professionals who are experts in lean enterprise training and implementation. OMEP consultants provide Lean Enterprise training and implementation assistance to a wide variety of industry sectors.|
|Northwest High Performance Enterprise Consortium||NWHPEC provides a forum for education and the exchange of information regarding continuous improvement of practices and processes for enterprises in the Pacific Northwest region.|
PDC works with partners to identify new opportunities for our manufacturers in both domestic and international markets, and to organize events that broaden supply chain opportunities for manufacturers in renewable energy, electric vehicles, green building, aerospace, high speed rail, military and other areas.
|NW Connectory||The NW Connectory is a highly effective supply chain tool. It links Northwest businesses, federal labs, university and private research centers to each other and to potential customers and partners throughout domestic and foreign markets. Sign up to have your business included on the NW Connectory >|
|Portland Development Commission||PDC’s advanced manufacturing and clean tech cluster programs organize and conduct regular supply chain events that bring together buyers and sellers in industries including renewable energy, electric vehicles, building materials, high speed rail, and aerospace.|
Manufacturers need consistent access to competitively priced capital in order to expand their operations, purchase machinery and equipment, innovate and pursue product commercialization, market their products, and to maintain positive cash flow. Following are some resources to assist manufacturers:
|PDC Financial Assistance||The Portland Development Commission business finance programs address the need for working capital, equipment purchase, credit enhancement, real estate acquisition, tenant improvements, property development & rehabilitation, property feasibility study, and façade improvements.|
|Portland Enterprise Zone||PDC is the local sponsor for the Portland Enterprise Zone program, which uses five-year property tax exemptions to leverage significant private investment that spurs economic activity in the community.|
|Business Oregon||The Business Oregon finance team manages multiple loan and incentive programs and business services to help new, existing and relocating businesses.|
The PDC and its partners are committed to identifying the resources that can help in minimizing the impact of environmental and regulatory issues on company time and budgets. Below are some useful links to help manufacturers obtain information and identify resources to aid in addressing specific issues.
|Oregon Department of Environmental Quality||DEQ implements and enforces state environmental laws under authority delegated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Oregon legislature.|
|Air Quality Business Assistance Program||Oregon's Business Assistance Program (BAP) provides technical assistance on air quality rules and related environmental issues. BAP works with small businesses to find practical, cost-effective solutions to their environmental concerns.|
|DEQ Land Quality||The DEQ Land Quality program is responsible for the agency's efforts in waste reduction and management, spill preparedness and response, environmental assessment and cleanup, and underground storage tank compliance and cleanup.|
|Solid Waste – Waste Prevention and Reuse||Waste prevention is an upstream activity that involves reducing waste through changes in the design, purchase, and use of materials. In its simplest form, waste prevention means using less stuff.|
|Hazardous Waste – Toxics Use and Waste Reduction Program||Oregon’s Toxics Use and Hazardous Waste Reduction Act of 1989 was one of the first laws in the nation to mandate pollution prevention planning. The law was most recently revised in 2005.|
|City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services||Environmental Services provides city residents with programs to protect water quality and public health, including wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, storm water management, and stream and watershed restoration.|
|Pollution Prevention Outreach Team||The Portland Pollution Prevention Outreach Team provides coordinated educational messages and technical assistance in pollution prevention to citizens and businesses.|
|Industrial Stormwater Program and Source Control||The Bureau of Environmental Services Industrial Stormwater Program inspects both permitted and non-permitted sites to determine if they are meeting NPDES regulations. Regardless of permit requirements, the city will provide technical assistance to address any industrial activities that may contribute pollutants to the storm sewer system or directly to the river. Source Control Division regulates discharges from industrial and commercial properties to the City’s sanitary and storm sewer systems.|
|Construction Industry Compliance Assistance Center||CICA provides plain language explanations of environmental rules for the construction industry. THE CICA provides information on compliance relating to stormwater, c&d debris, hazardous/toxic waste, air/open burning/dust, wetlands and water bodies, endangered species, green building, safety and health.|
A perception among the general public that industrial operations are harmful to the environment, however mistaken can lead to higher levels of scrutiny of industrial activity by elected officials and regulatory agencies. Perception has steered nearly two generations of workers away from careers in manufacturing. Several organizations are working to improve the image of manufacturing and industrial activity.
|Manufacturing 21 Coalition||Manufacturing 21 Coalition (MFG 21) is a private-public partnership and advocate for Oregon and Southwest Washington’s manufacturing economy. Its members include business, labor, education and training providers, as well as local workforce development boards.|
|Working Waterfront Coalition||Established in 2005, the Working Waterfront Coalition (WWC) is an organization of businesses concerned about the environmental health and economic vitality of the Portland harbor.|
|Portland Business Alliance||Land Use Issues
Many new policies that address land use and economic growth in the Portland region are currently in different stages of development. The Alliance is supporting the work of two coalitions - one called the Working Waterfront Coalition, focusing on the city's River Plan, and the second focusing on land use decisions, called the Coalition for a Prosperous Region.
|Greater Portland Inc.||Greater Portland Inc. is the Portland-Vancouver regional economic development partnership collaboratively driving quality economic expansion and job creation. GPI is advancing a coordinated regional economic development strategy, a coordinated brand to promote the region’s assets, and a coordinated business retention, expansion, and targeted recruitment program to stimulate capital investment and job creation in the region.|
Identifying efficiency improvement methods will help manufacturers better manage costs associated with electricity, water, waste water and storm water usage.
|Portland General Electric||PGE offers tips from energy experts, energy classes, incentives and loan credits, introduction to web based energy monitoring systems, and provide referral to other useful resources.|
|Pacific Power||Pacific Power can help your business with energy efficiency--an effective way for your business to save money.|
|Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability||Sustainability at Work offers comprehensive, free resources for any Portland organization looking to create a more sustainable work environment. Recycling at Work - BPS provides containers, posters and brochures, a getting started guidebook, e-training tool, and technical assistance to get a workplace recycling program started.|
|Solar Energy Program||Solar Energy Program
The City of Portland is collaborating with Solar Oregon, Oregon Department of Energy and Energy Trust of Oregon with the partnership campaign Solar Now!, a one-stop resource for businesses and homeowners. Workshops cover the basics of why solar is a smart choice for businesses.
|Plug In Partners||Plug in Partners - A national grass-roots initiative to demonstrate to automakers that a market for flexible-fuel Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV) exists today.|
|Portland Water Bureau||The Portland Water Bureau’s efficiency program offers information and technical resources to all customers about using water efficiently and cost effectively.|
|Energy Trust of Oregon||Energy Trust can help you realize significant energy savings every year, while also maintaining or improving quality and productivity.|
Sr. Program Manager
Advanced Manufacturing Cluster
Portland Development Commission
503-823-1176 or email