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Dee DePass

Reporter | Manufacturing
Phone: 612-673-7725
Location: Minneapolis
Other languages: None

Dee DePass is a business reporter for the Star Tribune. She spent the last four years covering Minnesota's manufacturing and mining industries. She previously covered the economy, workplace issues and banking.

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

Chamber survey: Hiring woes threaten state's business growth

Report finds some progress with taxes and infrastructure but concern lingers over hiring and slower growth.
“We continue to make great progress in the integration of Sherwin-Williams and Valspar into a faster-growing, more-profitable enterprise.”

Valspar's Minneapolis HQ becomes R&D hub for Sherwin-Williams

Some feared the worst after the loss of another local headquarters. But Sherwin-Williams has moved work here from Chicago.
Lifetouch headquarters in Eden Prairie.

Lifetouch to shut its photo studios in Bloomington, cut 154 jobs

Layoffs will begin in January; another 145 workers could transfer to Shutterfly facility.
Graco is expanding in Rogers.

Graco will double size of its Rogers plant and training center

$73 million project should be finished by end of 2019.

Polaris wants one judge to handle four defect lawsuits

Lawsuits involve 13 plaintiffs who say they were hurt in ATV fires.
Barry McCarthy, Deluxe's new president and CEO.

Deluxe Corp. names Barry McCarthy new CEO

Former Procter & Gamble and First Data manager to take helm this month.

Steelworkers union and ArcelorMittal reach tentative four-year labor contract

15,000 USW workers must vote whether to approve contract.
Manufacturing growth has slowed because of the tight job market and costs borne from tariff policies. Pictured is Douglas Machine in Alexandria, which

Minnesota manufacturers still growing, but at slowest pace in 22 months

Trade tariffs and rising interest rates slow growth in the Midwest, according to a widely watched economic report.
Bales of raw steel imports sit in an outdoor storage yard at the Insteel Industries factory in Houston, March 2, 2018. President Donald Trump is expec

U.S. steel prices increase by double-digit percentages, report says

An 11 percent increase is contrasted by foreign decreases, report says.
Officials at Honeywell spinoff Resideo Technologies rang the bell at the stock exchange on Tuesday. (Provided photo)

Minneapolis has a new public company in Honeywell spinoff — for now

Resideo Technologies is on the NYSE and will move its headquarters to Austin.
Ecolab headquarters in downtown St. Paul. (Provided by Ecolab)

Ecolab posts strong third quarter but lowers forecast

But rising raw-material costs, exchange rates led to lower full-year forecast.
Protolabs CEO Vicki Holt

Protolabs posts strong third quarter

It is renovating a new location in Brooklyn Park that is expected to open by the end of the year.
NVent Electric CEO Beth Wozniak

NVent Electric posts solid third quarter

Sales beat expectations; two of three divisions grow.
3M shares fell after the company's latest results missed expectations and executives lowered their outlook for coming months.

3M shares drop sharply after third-quarter profit misses expectations

Only two of 3M's five businesses saw increased profits in the third quarter
Polaris posted strong quarterly earnings on Monday.

Polaris posts strong Q3 results that beat Wall Street estimates

A strong third quarter saw double-digit rise in profits.

Cleveland-Cliffs' 3Q earnings seven times higher than last year

The Iron Range employer posted Q3 earnings seven times higher than in 2017.

Whistleblower case claims Target IT contractor misused retailer's data

A former manager handling Target Corp.'s information technology account filed a whistleblower lawsuit against his former employer, Tata Consultancy Services, for allegedly misusing Target's confidential…

Steelworkers, U.S. Steel reach tentative 4-year contract

If approved, it will cover 14,000 workers across nation, including Iron Range.
Ruth Hospodarsky and Jay Busch worked on a connection issue during Thursday’s Blacks in Tech Conference. Blacks in Tech Conference participants ming

Blacks in Tech Conference launches in Twin Cities

About 700 professionals came to inaugural event to network and learn about their specialties and job opportunities.
3M’s smog-reducing granules in shingles use sunlight to photocatalytically convert smog into water-soluble ions, actively reducing air pollution.

3M's new granules for shingles help curb air pollution

3M has developed coated granules that can break up some elements of smog.

North Dakota oil and gas production hit record in August

Still, the state is seeing some growing pains that could impede future expansion.

Steelworkers ratify 4-year Cleveland-Cliffs labor contract

Contract covers 1,800 USW members working at mines in Minnesota and Michigan.
Spectro Alloys company workers sorted and recycled aluminum scraps into solid ingots in Rosemount. The company has increased its recruitment budget an

Staff-starved factories in Minn., U.S. now boosting wages, perks

Labor shortages have forced manufacturers finally to act on raises, more benefits.

3M to close electronics plant in Austin, Texas

Following a key divestiture, 3M Co. will shut the smaller of its two Austin, Texas, facilities by the end of 2019, affecting 120 workers, officials…
Robots weld the cab of a 2018 Ford F-150 truck on the assembly line at the Ford Rouge assembly plant in Dearborn, Mich., last month.

Manufacturing growth slows in September amid labor, trade and inflation woes

Confidence is up, however, despite slowdown of new orders, hiring and deliveries in the nine-state region.
Cleveland Cliffs is expanding its United Taconite mine in Eveleth. (GLEN STUBBE/Star Tribune file photo)

Cliffs and USW reach four-year tentative labor contract

If ratified, deal to affect 1,800 union workers in Minnesota and Michigan.
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.
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