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

Graco moves quickly to sell a business after FTC order

The $590 million deal brings Graco into compliance with a government finding that a major part of a deal it made in 2012 was anticompetitive.

Updated: October 08, 2014, - 11:03 PM

FTC orders Graco to divest part of 2012 acquisition

Agency says Minneapolis firm must sell liquid-finishing business in six months.

Updated: October 06, 2014, - 08:15 PM

Trucking firms, short of drivers, are stretching to find more

Trucking firms are offering incentives to ease a shortage caused by restrictions on driving time, a shift from rail to trucks and a long period of lagging wages.

Updated: October 05, 2014, - 12:05 AM

Manufacturing Day dispels myths, shows off modern factories

Across Minnesota, nearly two dozen factories welcomed visitors Friday in a PR and hiring push.

Updated: October 03, 2014, - 06:41 PM

3M to expand health care plant in South Dakota

The $57.6 million project in Brookings, S.D., will create 60 jobs by 2019, the company said.

Updated: October 02, 2014, - 08:55 PM

Manufacturing growth began to cool in September

The slowing was more apparent nationwide than in Minnesota.

Updated: October 01, 2014, - 09:02 PM

Essar lines up money to finish $1.8B plant in Nashwauk

After a $450 million bond finance deal collapsed last month, Essar Steel has lined up loans and equity, though it didn't say the precise amount.

Updated: October 01, 2014, - 08:35 PM

Arctic Cat shares plunge on recall, related charge

Company recalls all the ATV vehicles from 2008 and some made in 2009.

Updated: October 01, 2014, - 07:55 PM

Graco buys British firm for $116M

Minneapolis-based Graco Inc. has paid $116 million to acquire Alco Valves Group, a British-manufacturer of pressure valves used in the...

Updated: October 01, 2014, - 07:32 PM

Minnesota receives fed training grant

U.S. Labor Department grant of $17.5 million is aimed at training factory and construction workers.

Updated: September 29, 2014, - 09:41 PM

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