Dee DePass

Reporter | Manufacturing
Phone: 612-673-7725
Dee DePass covers the manufacturing industry for the Star Tribune with an eye toward new products and technology, job growth and distribution developments in Minnesota.


Recent content from Dee DePass

Polaris profit jumps 25%; firm expects slower 2015

Sales of ATVs fueled a sharp rise in revenue and profit during the last three months of the year.

Updated: January 27, 2015, - 09:22 AM

3M posts positive fourth quarter, beats Street estimates

3M again saw growth across all its businesses. Executives expect faster growth this year.

Updated: January 27, 2015, - 09:22 AM

Paper giants Rock-Tenn, MeadWestvaco announce merger

The Rock-Tenn Co. paper recycling giant will merge with MeadWestvaco to form a $15.7 billion manufacturer of cardboard cartons, boxes and corrugated paper, officials announced Monday.

Updated: January 26, 2015, - 07:57 PM

Graco posts record quarter, still misses Wall Street's profit expectations

Company sees fourth-quarter record sales from all divisions and regions.

Updated: January 26, 2015, - 07:56 PM

'Cool' ideas receive funding through Proto Labs contest

Winning entrepreneurs will receive a total of up to $250,000 in free manufacturing

Updated: January 23, 2015, - 08:56 PM

Making a good cup of joe, plus fertilizer and soap, from a coffee bean

One Faribault coffee roaster wanted to stop wasting the bean husks ­— and expects to make $5 million in the...

Updated: January 17, 2015, - 02:00 PM

Fastenal posts strong growth in fourth quarter

The Winona-based company reached profit expectations but fell short on revenue.

Updated: January 15, 2015, - 10:24 PM

Taconite firms on Iron Range squabble over legislative help

Essar Steel Minnesota wants out of a pledge to build a steel plant in Nashwauk by October 2015. Cliffs Natural Resources asks legislators to not give Essar a seven-year extension, which would force Essar to repay $65.9 million in state grants.

Updated: January 13, 2015, - 09:41 PM

Polaris to get $80M in tax, other breaks for new Alabama factory

The state of Alabama and the city of Huntsville, site of the ATV factory, offered land, cash and job-training assistance.

Updated: January 12, 2015, - 09:42 PM

State grants aim to get more women in hard hats

$475,000 will go toward training in fields traditionally male-dominated

Updated: January 11, 2015, - 07:57 PM

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