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

State of manufacturing report is best in 5 years

Minnesota manufacturers are more confident than they’ve been in five years, report says.

Updated: May 08, 2014, - 09:20 PM

3M Co. will consider multibillion-dollar deals

3M Co. says it wants to shop — more big-ticket, less bargain-basement.Chief executive Inge Thulin reiterated that point recently as...

Updated: May 03, 2014, - 02:00 PM

Polaris to expand Osceola, Wis., plant

Polaris will spend $1.75 million to expand the engine assembly plant, add 60 jobs.

Updated: May 02, 2014, - 01:00 PM

Factory output goes into high gear

In Minnesota, factories showed overall growth in April, although employment slipped.

Updated: May 01, 2014, - 09:15 PM

Alliant Techsystems to split in two: sporting ammo and defense

ATK will split into a sporting goods firm and a defense firm. It could result in a loss of about 200 jobs in Eden Prairie.

Updated: April 29, 2014, - 10:38 PM

Ecolab meets 1Q earnings estimates

The division that provides supplies to energy producers saw first-quarter sales grow 78 percent.

Updated: April 29, 2014, - 05:56 AM

Proto Labs buys 3-D printing company, opens Plymouth factory

With a Plymouth factory and new printing options, the company is poised for growth.

Updated: April 25, 2014, - 11:46 PM

3M’s earnings rise 7% but fall short of expectations

Chief Executive Inge Thulin said the company has an appetite for bigger acquisitions.

Updated: April 25, 2014, - 05:57 AM

April 23: Scratch a Tesla, you'll find 3M

Maplewood-based 3M makes more than a dozen products for the upscale, all-electric car, everything from lining adhesives and fasteners to a new kind of non-lead wheel weight that keeps tires balanced.

Updated: April 23, 2014, - 11:20 AM

Pentair 1Q profit meets expectations, but sales don't

Pump, filter and valve maker Pentair Ltd. reported Tuesday that tough oil and gas markets caused a 3 percent drop...

Updated: April 22, 2014, - 08:12 PM

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