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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.
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Patterson sells medical unit for $715M

The sale will help pay for a purchase of a company that doubled its animal health operations.
Manufacturing growth picks up in Minnesota in June, report says

Manufacturing growth picks up in Minnesota in June, report says

Signs are good for more growth in the fourth quarter.

Pentair shares jump on news that Trian Fund has targeted stock

The activist investor is encouraging more acquisitions.

ABRA is buying western chain Kadel Auto Body

The deal gives Brooklyn Park-based company more than 20 more stores.

H.B. Fuller's blames strong dollar, slow European market for slump

Missed expectations will affect 2015 forecast.

Apogee reports strong quarter as costs drop and building glass orders rise

Building resurgence buoys the Bloomington glassmaker.
3M buys Minn. maker of construction-safety gear for $2.5B

3M buys Minn. maker of construction-safety gear for $2.5B

Capital Safety makes harnesses and other safety equipment used on construction sites and other hazardous settings.
3M's record purchase adds to busy year for Minnesota dealmakers

3M's record purchase adds to busy year for Minnesota dealmakers

Deal making by Minnesota companies quickened this year, with three of the state’s biggest companies involved in $1 billion transactions over the last nine days alone.

Proto Labs to expand new 3-D facility in Raleigh

The Minnesota company will spend $25M on the addition to a business it bought last year.
Patterson's purchase completes decadelong transformation

Patterson's purchase completes decadelong transformation

Animal Health International is a lower-margin business offers high growth opportunity for the Mendota Heights company.
Entrust Datacard growing by increasing security for credit cards

Entrust Datacard growing by increasing security for credit cards

The company that makes machines that crank out credit cards is on the fast track for growth
Large companies: SPS Commerce plays the fun factor

Large companies: SPS Commerce plays the fun factor

Workers flock to three game rooms at lunch, regularly host charity auctions and have even formed teams to stay up all night building websites for charities.

Caterpillar Paving Products to expand Brooklyn Park factory

$3 million project will get $307,300 in state money.

Survey: Weakness in exports worries manufacturers

U.S. manufacturers are also concerned about ozone regulations.
Graco introduces its first product aimed at oil wells

Graco introduces its first product aimed at oil wells

Graco’s new chemical pump can store four days’ worth of solar power.

Dubow Textile in St. Cloud announces $1.5 million addition

The expansion should add 20 jobs to St. Cloud operation.
Manufacturing growth slows in Midwest, including Minnesota

Manufacturing growth slows in Midwest, including Minnesota

Report shows agriculture and energy sectors pull back

Polaris to lease part of old Kmart warehouse in Shakopee

The move to Shakopee will let Polaris consolidate its storage.
Valspar sees quarterly sales and profit dip

Valspar sees quarterly sales and profit dip

Paint and coatings maker Valspar Corp. saw sales drop 7 percent during the second quarter after an expected decline in North American paint orders and continued pressure from negative currency translations, officials announced Wednesday.
Toro donates $2 million to endow chair at University of Minnesota Carlson School

Toro donates $2 million to endow chair at University of Minnesota Carlson School

The donation and a new learning center at Toro’s Bloomington headquarters are named in honor of longtime CEO David Lilly.
Toro's 2nd-quarter results beat expectations

Toro's 2nd-quarter results beat expectations

Lawn mower maker credits good spring weather, bigger retail presence and new products.

Patterson reports solid fourth quarter earnings

The company’s results met expectations and were driven by double-digit sales of dental supplies.

Donaldson profit sank 31 percent, but beat Wall Street expectations

Bloomington-based filtration maker blames sagging farm and mining equipment sales.
Imation shareholders shake up board

Imation shareholders shake up board

The Clinton Group won three of embattled firm’s board seats, including the one currently held by the company’s CEO.
Lawmakers approve $4 million loan to Cirrus Aircraft for jet factory in Duluth

Lawmakers approve $4 million loan to Cirrus Aircraft for jet factory in Duluth

The loan will be forgiven if the plane manufacturer meets certain goals set by the state.
Obituary: Norton Jervis Erickson, 94, could fix almost anything

Obituary: Norton Jervis Erickson, 94, could fix almost anything

Gratitude, a quick mind and quicker hands helped Norton Erickson use whatever he had — and use it well — as he built a successful…

Joc O'Rourke to succeed Prokopanko as Mosaic CEO

Current CEO James Prokopanko is retiring this summer.
Ecolab vice president Bob Gildersleeve killed in Amtrak crash

Ecolab vice president Bob Gildersleeve killed in Amtrak crash

The St. Paul-based company confirmed that Gildersleeve was among the eight dead in the Philadelphia derailment.
Arctic Cat has growth plans despite another quarterly loss

Arctic Cat has growth plans despite another quarterly loss

The ATV and snowmobile maker will spend $27 million on Thief River Falls and St. Cloud plant updates.
Minn. manufacturers say they're bullish on growth

Minn. manufacturers say they're bullish on growth

Almost 90 percent of those surveyed by Enterprise Minnesota said they were confident about the future.
Blue Clay drops its proxy fight with Select Comfort

Blue Clay drops its proxy fight with Select Comfort

Hedge fund said the Plymouth bedmaker had made progress on its recommendations.
3-D printing firm Stratasys posts $216 million loss for first quarter

3-D printing firm Stratasys posts $216 million loss for first quarter

Officials had warned last month about tough market conditions.
Activist investors emerge as regular foes for CEOs, boards

Activist investors emerge as regular foes for CEOs, boards

Imation and Select Comfort are among activists’ latest targets.
U.S. Steel reducing number of layoffs with idling of Minntac plant

U.S. Steel reducing number of layoffs with idling of Minntac plant

The union and company came to an agreement late Wednesday that reduces the number of workers affected from 700 to 400.
Imation posts 1Q loss of $14 million

Imation posts 1Q loss of $14 million

Results were better than analysts expected, but stock still down.Imation posts 1Q loss.
Magnetation files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

Magnetation files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

Iron ore company on Minnesota’s Iron Range says operations and pay will continue.

Donaldson stock down as officials try to explain bad forecast

Filtration firm said 2015 revenue, earnings will be less than forecast.
Patterson Companies to pay $1.1 billion for Animal Health International

Patterson Companies to pay $1.1 billion for Animal Health International

The purchase will double the Mendota Heights company’s veterinary supply business.
Manufacturing in Minnesota and Midwest up in April

Manufacturing in Minnesota and Midwest up in April

The Creighton University report for April allayed fears after a worrisome March.

Donaldson Co. lowers 2015 forecast for third time in six months

The company cited soft engine product sales, weak China industrial orders and impact from the strong American dollar.
A.K. Steel CEO's actions could spell more trouble for Magnetation

A.K. Steel CEO's actions could spell more trouble for Magnetation

The Iron Range’s Magnetation faces the possible loss of part-owner A.K. Steel’s business.
Talk of new plant, not layoffs by Cliffs Natural Resources in Minnesota

Talk of new plant, not layoffs by Cliffs Natural Resources in Minnesota

During global cutbacks, the state could even gain jobs if an iron facility moves ahead.
Taconite layoffs spread worry across the Iron Range

Taconite layoffs spread worry across the Iron Range

Iron workers, neighbors worry about next job as global taconite crisis hits home and downturn in steel industry costs 1,100 jobs in Minnesota.
Oil, electrical use decreases slowed industrial production in March

Oil, electrical use decreases slowed industrial production in March

The Federal Reserve report was weaker than analysts expected.
Fastenal Company's 1Q beats street's profit estimates

Fastenal Company's 1Q beats street's profit estimates

Increased staffing and vending machines helped.
Valspar opens $45 million plant in China

Valspar opens $45 million plant in China

The firm’s eighth center there comes as CEO lauds the country’s market.

Arctic Cat considers expanding its Thief River Falls plant

Investment depends on whether it gets property tax subsidies.
Pentair stock falls after surprise lowering of first-quarter forecast

Pentair stock falls after surprise lowering of first-quarter forecast

Company blamed surprise move on stronger dollar, slower orders.
Andersen to add 300 workers, spend $45M, in state expansion

Andersen to add 300 workers, spend $45M, in state expansion

As Andersen opens a newly expanded plant in Bayport, it says it also will expand in North Branch and Cottage Grove.
New Toro sprayer helps golf courses go green — and save money

New Toro sprayer helps golf courses go green — and save money

Toro product cuts turf chemical use by 7 to 14 percent — making it more friendly for the environment and pocketbook.
Minnesota factories report flat growth in March

Minnesota factories report flat growth in March

A key economic report shows slower growth for nine Midwestern states.
U.S. Steel to idle Minntac in June

U.S. Steel to idle Minntac in June

The move comes after U.S. Steel announced earlier this month that it would idle its plant in Keewatin.
Eagan-based Norcraft Cos. to be acquired by Fortune Brands in $600 million deal

Eagan-based Norcraft Cos. to be acquired by Fortune Brands in $600 million deal

The price represents a nearly 20 percent premium for a cabinet maker fresh off an earnings turnaround.
Sluggish durable goods report latest concern for manufacturers

Sluggish durable goods report latest concern for manufacturers

“What’s the saying? ‘Get used to disappointment,’ ” said Scott Anderson, chief economist at Bank of The West.
Clinton Group appeals to Imation shareholders for changes

Clinton Group appeals to Imation shareholders for changes

The N.Y. investment firm seeks three board seats in a move opposed by management.
Midsize companies: Looking far beyond paychecks

Midsize companies: Looking far beyond paychecks

Walk into the Periscope ad agency in downtown Minneapolis on any given day and it’s possible to bump into a basset hound, puggle, Shih…
State hoping to increase trade with Mexico

State hoping to increase trade with Mexico

This summer, Gov. Mark Dayton will lead Minnesota’s first trade delegation to Mexico in 15 years.
Valspar pledges another $36 million in paint to Habitat for Humanity

Valspar pledges another $36 million in paint to Habitat for Humanity

Longtime Habitat for Humanity donor will give $36 million worth over 5 years.

3M to open tech center in western China

The move helps the company expand into the western part of China.

Ziegler Caterpillar to open parts, sales facility in Willmar

A daily shuttle system will connect the facility with Ziegler’s other locations.Ziegler Caterpillar to open parts, sales facility in Willmar

3M completes purchase of Ivera Medical Corp.

The purchase gives 3M a firm that makes disinfected IVs and catheters.3M completes Ivera Medical acquisition
U.S. Steel to idle plant in Keewatin, furloughing about 400 workers

U.S. Steel to idle plant in Keewatin, furloughing about 400 workers

This is the second plant on Minnesota’s Iron Range to announce layoffs in three weeks.
New 3M ad campaign emphasizes tech products

New 3M ad campaign emphasizes tech products

A new ad campaign is engineered to show how its know-how applies to everyday life.

Smiths Medical receiving $877,133 state economic development grant

The money will go toward the company’s move from Arden Hills to a larger facility in Plymouth.
3M Co. sues German dental firm alleging patent infringement

3M Co. sues German dental firm alleging patent infringement

It’s the third dental-related suit in 16 months for the company.
Enlarged auto show opens Saturday with a nod to luxury

Enlarged auto show opens Saturday with a nod to luxury

Featured will be 450 vehicles that will span all four halls of the Minneapolis Convention Center.

Shareholder group wants seats on Select Comfort's board of directors

The mattress maker, in an SEC filing, said it rejected Blue Clay Capital’s proposal.
3M pledges it won't buy pulp or fiber from deforested areas

3M pledges it won't buy pulp or fiber from deforested areas

The new policy creates a truce with longtime critic ForestEthics.

Stratasys posts $92 million loss in fourth quarter

$102M charge is related to its MakerBot division.
Midwest manufacturers grow in February despite job losses

Midwest manufacturers grow in February despite job losses

However, growth slowed in exports and employment in February, report shows

Limping Stratasys to release earnings Monday

After alarming investors with news of a big setback, the 3-D printer firm will report earnings.
Minnesota exports hit $21.4B in 2014

Minnesota exports hit $21.4B in 2014

Minnesota farms, factories and mines exported a record $21.4 billion worth of goods in 2014 amid a surge of orders from Mexico and Japan, state officials said Friday.
Magnetation to idle Keewatin iron ore plant indefinitely

Magnetation to idle Keewatin iron ore plant indefinitely

Free-falling iron ore prices hit northern Minnesota this week with Magnetation LLC deciding to idle its Keewatin processing plant.The global price of concentrated iron ore…

Donaldson Co. 2nd-quarter earnings down 15 percent

The Bloomington firm was hurt by the depressed ag equipment market.
Ecolab posts strong quarter despite oil price concerns

Ecolab posts strong quarter despite oil price concerns

The fourth quarter earnings met analysts’ expectations.Ecolab posts strong quarter despite oil price concerns
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