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Dee DePass

Reporter | Manufacturing
Phone: 612-673-7725
Location: Minneapolis
Other languages: None
Originally from the East Coast, Dee earned her undergraduate degree at Vassar College and a master's degree in journalism at the University of Maryland. In her spare time, she enjoys travel, fitness, reading, and being an adjunct journalism professor.
Recent content from Dee DePass
Leona Varville

Leona Varville, wise, warm and witty, dies at 103

Known and loved for her pea soup, liver and onions, almond cookies, family dinners, card games and love of parish socials, she was adored for her dry, wry humor.
Gov. Mark Dayton as well as state and mining industry leaders will hold a town hall meeting in Nashwauk, Minn., on Monday about plans to restart const

Gov. Mark Dayton calls town hall meeting over Nashwauk mining plant revival

Minnesota DNR and Mesabi Metallics also will be on hand to answer questions on revival.

U.S. Steelworkers authorize possible strike against ArcelorMittal

As contract negotiations enter third week, the vote is in case the talks fail.
Evolve 3-D printer (Provided photo)

Evolve Additive Solutions in Minnetonka gets $19 million in equity from Lego, Stanley

Evolve's 3-D printing technology could help speed up manufacturing.
Cleveland-Cliffs CEO Lourenco Goncalves spoke at the company's Forbes, Minn., facilities on Friday, Sept. 14.

Cleveland-Cliffs CEO feels betrayed by the state over Essar project in Iron Range

Lourenco Goncalves fights for mining rights, still hopes to have mineral operations in Nashwauk.
Iron workers set up a crane to move steel for the construction of buildings on the site of the taconite mine project in Nashwauk, Minn.

New majority investor announced for Essar project on Iron Range

The Swiss firm Mercuria has ties to company that failed earlier and declared bankruptcy.
Governor Mark Dayton

Gov. Mark Dayton meets with new owners of former Essar Steel site in Nashwauk

New owners of controversial project are set to discuss construction plans.
Jay Lund, CEO of Andersen Windows and Doors, said an Arizona factory and distribution center are needed to serve the western states where the company

Andersen Corp. to build $105 million complex in Arizona

Andersen's new factory and distribution complex will be in greater Phoenix area.
Former Starkey President Jerry Ruzicka, leaving the Federal Courthouse.

Judge rules Starkey fraud convictions should stand

Motions asking for a new trial and to dismiss the conviction are denied.
Polaris is buying WSI Industries in Monticello, pictured.

Polaris to buy Monticello contract manufacturing firm WSI

The Monticello, Minn.-based company is one of the recreational-vehicle company's suppliers.

Minnesota DNR sued over Nashwauk mining permit

Cleveland Cliffs accuses state of refusing it mining permit on land it owns.
A rendering of Mayo Clinic's $600 million expansion in Arizona.

Mayo Clinic spending $800M to expand in Arizona, Florida

Mayo will spend $648 million in Phoenix and $144 million in Jacksonville. The expansion will nearly double the size of the Phoenix campus.

Minnesota's Q2 exports jump 15 percent to record $5.9 billion

Canada remains state's largest trading partner.
Troy Bussert and Jay Ugland assembled one of Daikin's largest HVAC units in the company's existing Faribault plant. Daikin is building a second factor

Daikin's new HVAC factory in Faribault to receive $2.35 million help from state

New factory promises to add 200 new jobs next year.
Medina-based Polaris Industries, which makes ATVs, snowmobiles and Indian Motorcycles, is one of several manufacturers facing higher costs from new U.

Factories report robust business in August

Key reports show Minnesota, Midwest and nation all report uptick in orders but caution that tariffs, interest rates could affect business in coming months.
Brian Hedberg, co-founder of Sprowt Labs, said, “Long term we see ourselves as a platform for accelerating the craft-beer supply chain.”

Sprowt Labs launches malting system for nano-brewers

Sprowt Labs hopes its malting machine can expedite the growth of craft brewing at the most micro of levels.
Tom Duffy of Clairton raises his fist as hundreds of United Steelworkers rally and march on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018, in Clairton, Pa. U.S. Steel's con

Steelworkers will continue to work past Saturday contract deadline with U.S. Steel, ArcelorMittal

Temporary extension keeps the work going at a mine in Virginia, Minn.
One of Vomela's recent projects was the LeBron James Nike wrap on the Sherwin-Williams building in Cleveland. It recently came down when James went to

Vomela Companies starts construction on new St. Paul headquarters

The 300,000-square-foot headquarters is being built on 3M's former campus and will open in July 2019.

Andersen Corp. to sell large window and door division in $190 million deal

Four plants, employing 4,000 workers, will go to North Carolina-based Ply Gem.
Paul Bunyan at the Eco Experience building is programmed to belt out 35 facts about Minnesotans’ trash habits.

Minnesota State Fair's Eco Experience shows off economics of recycling

At Eco Experience building, state officials make case for recycling as a job creator.
Troy Bussert and Jay Ugland assembled one of DAIKIN's largest HVAC units in the Faribault plant.

Daikin Americas, with its home base in Minnesota, aims to become continent's No. 1 HVAC brand

With plants in Faribault and Owatonna, Daikin Applied Americas is making Minnesota home.

Judge rules against Tom Clark in Nashwauk mining property case

Restraining order targets Tom Clarke as Nubai Global deemed mine's likely owner.

ASV cites tariffs as factor as quarterly profit, sales drop

Skid-steer maker said it expects slower-than-expected sales growth to continue through 2018.
Radisson Hotel in Duluth. Radisson Hotels is a major international hotel chain with 420 hotels in 73 countries

Two years after sale to HNA, Radisson changing hands again

Little immediate impact is expected from the sale of the hotel company to Shanghai-based Jin Jiang.

Polaris will build new distribution center in Nevada

The $47M project will help with distribution on the West Coast.
Sealy mattress (Provided photo)

Tempur Sealy to shut St. Paul mattress plant

About 100 workers will be laid off from the mattress plant in September, company officials confirmed.
Iron workers on the former Essar site in 2014. There’s another snag that could set the project back again. (LEILA NAVIDI/Star Tribune file photo)

Ownership dispute erupts over Essar project on Iron Range

Ownership of Essar Steel site disputed, with claims of fraud and theft.
Polaris said it was going to move some Indian Motorcycle manufacturing to Poland because of trade issues. Two-thirds of Midwest factories told Creight

Pace of growth slows at Minnesota and Midwest factories

Two-thirds say the trade tariffs hurt or will hurt their business, according to a widely watched survey.
Ecolab said its second-quarter profit rose 19 percent.

Ecolab posts solid quarter, meets Wall Street estimates

Ecolab to cut $200 million in SG&A costs by 2021. Unnamed plant closings expected.

Great Lakes Polymer Technologies plant in Albert Lea to close

91 workers will be laid off after company sells its ag business.
3M headquarters in Maplewood

3M settles defective combat earplug case for $9.1 million

Whistleblower claimed firm supplied defective earplugs to military.

Spun off nVent Electric beats Wall Street expectations for second quarter

NVent Electric PLC became an independent and publicly traded company after being spun off from Pentair PLC on April 30.
Former Starkey president Jerry Ruzicka, front.

Federal prosecutors argue against former Starkey president's motions that he should get new trial

Judge takes arguments under consideration and will issue ruling soon.
Pentair's North American headquarters in Golden Valley.

Pentair Q2 misses expectations on revenue but beats on profits

The quarterly results were the first posted since Pentair split into two companies effective May 1.
Polaris' second-quarter profit rose sharply amid strong sales of off-road vehicles.

Polaris Q2 earnings jump 47 percent, but CEO warns of tariff threat

Strong sales of off-road vehicles offset a decline in the company's motorcycle business. And the federal tax cut added about $10 million to the company's bottom line.
3M said its second-quarter profit rose 17 percent.

3M delivers strong second quarter, beating expectations

The company saw growth across all business units as it topped expectations.
Pellet load-out bins stand at the back of the Hibbing Taconite Co. pellet manufacturing plant, operated by Cliff's Natural Resources Inc., in Hibbing,

Cleveland Cliffs bullish on iron ore market for Minnesota mines

Cleveland Cliffs CEO bullish on future of state's taconite, mining industries.
Wind turbine components being discharged at the Clure Public Marine Terminal in 2014.

Report: Great Lakes shipping contributes $1.4 billion to Minnesota economy

Shipping along the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway added $1.4 billion and 6,161 jobs to Minnesota's economy last year, according to a yearlong study released Wednesday.The…
Minnesota DNR terminates billionaire's mineral lease near Grand Rapids for unpaid debt

Minnesota DNR terminates billionaire's mineral lease near Grand Rapids for unpaid debt

State threatens new owner Tom Clark's lease because of unpaid $34,200 bill.
Tracy Bailey waited on customers at Bailey’s Courtyard Cafe, where booths are full and business is healthy.

Strength of Iron Range recovery surprising to longtime locals

With taconite plants running again, the Iron Range is open for business. Each mining job can lead to three more to support it, the IRRRB says.
North Dakota’s oil production in May climbed to nearly 1.25 million barrels per day, hitting another record.

North Dakota oil production has record May

Rise in output and prices boosts industry.
The PAW Patrol Live show show is produced by VStar Entertainment, which was acquired by Cirque du Soleil.

Cirque du Soleil buys local VStar Entertainment to expand into children's shows

VStar, which will remain in Fridley, produces kid-friendly touring shows.
Scott E. Burpee

Scott E. Burpee, restaurant worker who loved a good prank, dies at 57

Scott E. Burpee wasn’t too keen on spinach. But he loved peanut butter, English muffin pizzas, orange pop and a good prank. The best days…
Several dealers in Minnesota have already reported higher prices on 2019 orders and wonder if more increases are on the way.

Boating industry says it will take a hit from tariffs

After a blockbuster year, trade war could put the brakes on U.S. boating industry.
Bizzy Coffee founders, Alex French, left, and Andrew Healy, are moving their business from a Minneapolis food incubator building to Brooklyn Center.

Bizzy Coffee and its caffeinated shots fueling move to Brooklyn Center space

Bizzy Coffee, already Amazon's No. 1 vendor of cold-brew coffee, is moving to Brooklyn Center and doubling its space as it pushes to expand into restaurants and sports stadiums.
Polaris is buying Boat Holdings, the maker of Bennington pontoons, a model shown here. (Photo provided by Polaris)

Polaris completes $805 million purchase of pontoon maker

Polaris Industries Inc. has completed its largest acquisition ever, closing on the $805 million deal for pontoon maker Boat Holdings LLC.The move puts Polaris back…
Pictured is Wyoming Machine in Stacy, north of the Twin Cities. Minnesota manufacturers indicated continued growth in June, but the index was lower th

Midwest manufacturing growth slows, but still strong

Minnesota, Midwest saw an increase in June, but the rate has slowed.
A color-coded monitor will alert patients — and health care providers — if they need their hands washed or sanitized again.

Ecolab introduces tool to help reduce hospital infections

Medical centers gained motivation to slow the rate of infections in 2014, when the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services started tracking data for hospital-acquired conditions and financially penalized those with the worst numbers.
DRCC’s Judy Bushnell, left, Annette Rot and Lori Dargatz participated in a United Way Chili Cookoff.

Fundamentals and a sound company culture help worker recruitment, retention

Employees at top large workplaces say they appreciate extras beyond good pay and benefits.
President Donald Trump will be greeted Wednesday, in his first visit to northern Minnesota, with a renewed optimism about the economy, including in Hi

Bust to boom: Iron Range revives just as new tariffs create uncertainty

A newfound optimism will greet President Donald Trump when he makes his first visit to northern Minnesota on Wednesday.

Northrop Grumman buys Orbital ATK for $7.8 billion

Orbital ATK has roots in Minnesota as Alliant, a spinoff of Honeywell.
An Atlas Copco pit viper drill sits in 2014 on the site of Essar Steel Minnesota's stalled taconite mine project in Nashwauk, Minn. Chippewa Capital h

Chippewa Capital meets another state deadline for former Essar site in Nashwauk

Company has more steps to take over Essar project.
3M campus in Maplewood (Provided photo)

3M sells communications division to Corning for $870 million

New York's Corning Inc. will pay $870M for the division that had annual sales of $400M.
Production of ATVs in Minnesota is expected to take a hit if proposed tariffs, which are aimed at benefiting U.S. steel producers, take effect.

Tariffs will pack a punch in Minn. if trade war comes to life

As Canada and Mexico fire back against new U.S. steel and aluminum tariffs, a wide range of Minnesota-made products could get hit in the retaliation.

Midwest manufacturing index hits 14-year high

Minnesota factories see solid growth with new orders and exports.
Andersen Windows will break ground Thursday on a new factory addition in Bayport. Seen here is its existing Bayport facilities (DAVID JOLES/Star Tribu

Andersen Corp. expanding again in Bayport

New factory addition will add 60,000 square feet and 40 new hires.
The co-owners of Wyoming Machine in Stacy, Minn.: Traci Tapani, left, and her sister Lori. They say the company is growing and needs workers, and othe

Minn. manufacturers' profits soar, but a labor shortage looms

Enterprise Minnesota's State of Manufacturing survey identified hiring and retention as firms' top challenge.
Daikin Applied North America already employs 900 workers in its plants in Faribault and Owatonna.

Daikin Applied plans expansion north of Faribault

The company is seeking public investment for a project that will add a third plant in southeast Minnesota.

Jurors hear tearful testimony in lawsuit over 3M's Bair Hugger patient-warming system

Surgeon says he banned the Bair Hugger system from his operating room.
3M's Bair Hugger patient warming system is depicted in a company provided image. ORG XMIT: MIN1511131845130580

Lawyers square off on Day 1 of 3M Bair Hugger trial

The trial over whether the warming device caused an infection in a surgery patient could influence thousands of similar suits pending against the company.
Denney Hecker is pictured after his release from Hennepin County Jail in 2010. (TOM SWEENEY/Star Tribune file photo)

$100,000 in unclaimed checks will go to Denny Hecker's creditors

Bankruptcy trustee in Hecker case settles with state of Minnesota over unclaimed checks.
John Banovetz, senior vice president for research and development and chief technology officer, at 3M Global Headquarters in Maplewood.

3M's chief technology officer talks about company's future in electric vehicles, China

John Banovetz talked about future trends, products and growth opportunities for the Maplewood giant that boasts $31 billion in annual sales.
John P. Wiehoff, the CEO of the Eden Prairie-based transportation firm C.H. Robinson Worldwide (LEILA NAVIDI/Star Tribune file photo)

C.H. Robinson reports 17 percent rise in profits, credits federal tax cuts and increased demand for its freight services

Company credits federal tax cuts, higher demand for its freight services.
Uponor in Apple Valley is one of the manufacturer that has been expanding in recent years. (GLEN STUBBE/Star Tribune file photo)

Manufacturing in Minnesota and across Midwest grows for 17th straight month

Widely watched report shows both manufacturing activity, optimism were higher in April.
Ecolab headquarters in St. Paul (Provided photo)

Ecolab beats 1Q expectations with strong sales

Adjusted earnings rose to 91 cents a share, better than the 88 cents analysts expected.
nVent Electric CEO Beth Wozniak. (GLEN STUBBE/Star Tribune)

Pentair officially splits into two with spinoff of nVent

Shares of nVent start trading Tuesday under the symbol NVT.
Beth Wozniak said she is excited to lead Pentair’s spinoff of its electrical unit, to be called nVent, which will be completed this week.

Pentair becomes two on Monday with the spinoff of nVent Electric PLC

New St. Louis Park-based firm starts trading on Tuesday
Protolabs recorded a record first quarter on Thursday. (BRUCE BISPING/Star Tribune file photo)

Protolabs tops $100 million in sales for first time in first quarter

Custom manufacturer Protolabs’ customer base is 22 percent larger than it was 12 months ago — and still growing. That surge of activity helped Protolabs…
Polaris introduced several new four-wheelers in the first quarter, including the RZR Turbo S.

Polaris sales rebound in first quarter

The company recorded strong results, beating Wall Street expectations, yet company shares lose 9 percent value on down market day.
3M headquarters in Maplewood

3M sees strong bump in sales across all units

The company met Wall Street expectations and saw growth in adjusted earnings.

Litigation dogs Lakeville Motors Express and LME 15 months after Roseville trucking firm shut down

NLRB, bankruptcy court, Teamsters sue over abrupt closure, layoffs in 2016.
Mike Fiterman, CEO of Liberty Diversified International, right, and his son Jack, a vice president, stand among the rolls of paper that will become co

Buying spree continues for quiet parent of Liberty Paper

LDI sets sights on $1 billion in sales while investing in acquisitions, capital upgrades.

Pentair's first-quarter earnings beat expectations

The company's last quarter before a major spin off showed strong revenue and profit growth.
Former Starkey Laboratories president Jerry Ruzicka has appealed his conviction for fraud. He is show walking into the federal courthouse in Minneapol

New trial requests filed in Starkey white-collar crime case

The convicted former president of Starkey Laboratories and a former business associate filed a flurry of post-trial motions last week asking for a new trial…
3M's Jim Sax, left, and Andy Dubner showed a sign that has a bar code that will allow vehicles of the future to read the sign.

3M technology is front and center in move toward electric and autonomous cars

It's working across its business groups to develop a long menu of high-tech car products.
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