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

15 national manufacturers team up to tackle skills gap

The National Association of Manufacturers and 15 major companies are searching for policy solutions to the difficulties they have finding qualified workers.

Updated: October 03, 2013, - 08:56 PM

Midwest manufacturing is up but confidence is down

Creighton's monthly survey of manufacturers in nine Midwestern states found strong sales in September, but executives were worried about the new health care act and Washington politics.

Updated: October 02, 2013, - 05:16 PM

Foes decry idea of Minnesota beverage deposit law

Retailers and trash haulers gave Pollution Control Agency an earful about proposed recycling program.

Updated: September 30, 2013, - 09:39 PM

3M turns agave leaves into kitchen scrub sponges

A 3M Co. “lab curiosity” turned unused leaves into fiber for kitchen scouring products.

Updated: September 21, 2013, - 04:10 PM

Tennant drops legal appeal against German floor-cleaning rival

Tennant Co. said Friday that it has dropped its appeal of a German court ruling over allegedly misleading ads about...

Updated: September 20, 2013, - 08:50 PM

Apogee grows sales, profits in 2nd quarter, but stock slips

The maker of building glass expects strong annual growth.

Updated: September 19, 2013, - 09:09 PM

Honeywell introduces voice-activated home thermostat

The device recognizes verbal commands to warm up or cool down homes.

Updated: September 19, 2013, - 08:46 PM

$2 billion sale puts Boise’s International Falls plant at risk

Copier paper is the primary product for the plant, putting it at increased risk for cutbacks -- or worse. In May, the factory announced that it was reducing staff as electronic correspondence such as e-mail and text messages clipped demand for paper.

Updated: September 16, 2013, - 09:08 PM

Polaris Industries wins ATV contract with German army

Under the deal, Polaris will customize its MV850 ultralight tactical vehicles for the German army and special forces. The vehicle was originally designed for U.S. Army use in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Updated: September 12, 2013, - 09:09 PM

Litchfield-based Anderson-Crane hopes to double its sales

The tiny family-owned manufacturer of grain conveyor systems is hiring, buying faster equipment and making plans to double the size of its factory

Updated: September 11, 2013, - 08:55 PM

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