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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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Donaldson Co. sales, profits sink amid mining and ag declines

Excluding restructuring costs, the company’s profit beat expectations.

Minnesota's manufacturing growth slows in August

Creighton University index shows central Midwest declined as a whole.

Union representing Iron Range workers agree to continue talks with U.S. Steel, ArcelorMittal

Contracts with U.S. Steel and ArcelorMittal affecting more than 2,000 Iron Range workers expired Tuesday.
ABRA Auto Body & Glass buys all six Lehman's Garage locations

ABRA Auto Body & Glass buys all six Lehman's Garage locations

The acquisition is the latest in a string of purchases giving ABRA a national footprint.
Minnesota exports to Canada drop more than 20 percent

Minnesota exports to Canada drop more than 20 percent

2nd-quarter shipments to Minnesota’s northern neighbor were down 21 percent
2,300 Minn. workers affected as deadline looms for steel talks

2,300 Minn. workers affected as deadline looms for steel talks

On Tuesday, labor contracts expire for 30,000 American steelworkers — including 2,300 on Minnesota’s Iron Range, an area recently stung by 1,400 layoffs and some of the worst industry conditions in decades.

Patterson Cos. first-quarter results miss Wall Street expectations

However, the stock price drops $3.09 on the results.
3M Co. lowers earnings guidance after completing purchase of Polypore unit

3M Co. lowers earnings guidance after completing purchase of Polypore unit

3M Co. has completed its $1 billion purchase of Polypore’s Separations Media business and as a result lowered its earnings guidance for the year. The…

Valspar 3Q profit beats expectations despite pressure on sales

Sales are down because of loss of some of Lowe’s business and currency woes.
Minn. pollution fighters hope State Fair 'bagnado' whips up consciousness

Minn. pollution fighters hope State Fair 'bagnado' whips up consciousness

State pollution fighters hope to bring awareness to the problem of the plastic bag.

Unemployment benefits extended for laid off workers from Mesabi Nugget

State, federal officials work together so training programs can continue.

Stock rises as Imation taps new board members as interim president, chairman

The beleaguered data storage and security firm Imation tapped one new outside board member and turn around specialist to become interim president, and another new board member to the post of chairman, the company announced late Wednesday after the market closed.
Toro beats expectations with summer results, sees gains continuing

Toro beats expectations with summer results, sees gains continuing

The strong performance come as Toro solidifies its leadership team by promoting Richard Olson to president and COO.
3M building new design center at Maplewood headquarters

3M building new design center at Maplewood headquarters

Expanded hub on Maplewood campus will be four times its current size.
Pentair buys Erico, maker of fasteners and electrical equipment, for $1.8 billion

Pentair buys Erico, maker of fasteners and electrical equipment, for $1.8 billion

Purchase of fastener maker helps Pentair expand outside of struggling oil and gas market.

Imation to sell RDX Storage product line for $6 million

It's selling RDX Storage back to the company that licensed it originally.

Ecolab to buy Swisher Hygiene's U.S. operations for $40 million

The company is paying $40 million for Swisher Hygiene’s U.S. operations.

Graco launches new line for oil and gas sector

The Minneapolis company expands offerings in a down time for the sector.
Obituary: Albert Lee Singleton helped kids on the field and off

Obituary: Albert Lee Singleton helped kids on the field and off

Albert “Al” Singleton ran like the wind, cooked up a storm and coached with his heart, all while straight-talking so softly that kids leaned in…

Court dismisses Arctic Cat's countersuit against Polaris Industries

Suit and countersuit involved claims of ATV patent infringement.
Minnesota manufacturing holding strong despite Midwest's slow growth

Minnesota manufacturing holding strong despite Midwest's slow growth

Local manufacturing held strong in July as many Midwest states experienced a slowdown.
Stratasys posts $23 million loss for second quarter

Stratasys posts $23 million loss for second quarter

The maker of 3-D printers withdrew its full-year forecast; stock fell 10.5%.
Stratasys 3-D printers ramp up health-care applications

Stratasys 3-D printers ramp up health-care applications

While successes in the 3-D printing of human tissues and transplantable organs are still far away, Stratasys and other industrial companies have made headway introducing 3-D printing technology into the medical realm.
U.S. Steel begins calling back laid-off workers at Minntac plant

U.S. Steel begins calling back laid-off workers at Minntac plant

All 400 workers should be returning to Mountain Iron plant over next two weeks.

Tennant's sales, profits fall in second quarter

The Golden Valley maker of cleaning machines cut its forecast for the year.
3M beats expectations for 2Q but lowered 2015 outlook

3M beats expectations for 2Q but lowered 2015 outlook

Foreign currency translations hurt growth across all business units.
Polaris Industries, Arctic Cat continue different paths, opposite results

Polaris Industries, Arctic Cat continue different paths, opposite results

While Polaris continues to grow, Arctic Cat is struggling.

Graco profits surge in second quarter

Proceeds of a mandatory sale of its liquid finishing business led to the gains.

Polaris posts strong quarter, but shares fall

Polaris motorcycle sales soar, but international sales were pinched by strong U.S. dollar.

Arctic Cat, struggling with too much unsold product, reports a loss

Inventory levels are too high at dealerships, but executives said the firm’s long-range plan is on track.

Weak energy orders, strong dollar dent 2Q results at Pentair

Citing market slowdown, executives lowered their outlook for rest of the year.

OSHA fines Ashley Furniture an additional $83,200

The agency said the company, after being fined $1.77 million in January, failed to report another injury in March.
Fastenal CEO Leland Hein steps down, replaced by former CEO Willard Oberton

Fastenal CEO Leland Hein steps down, replaced by former CEO Willard Oberton

No reason was given for why Leland Hein stepped down after 7 months in the role.

Temporary shutdown at Sappi Fine Paper's Cloquet plant will affect 250 workers

250 Sappi Fine Paper workers will be affected.

Donaldson buys Colombian maker of engine filters

The purchase expands Donaldson’s business to a fourth country in South America.

Oil and gas industry woes affecting Fastenal orders

Despite challenges, Fastenal’s 2Q earnings grew 7.5 percent
Twin Cities Auto Show gets SuperAmerica sponsorship

Twin Cities Auto Show gets SuperAmerica sponsorship

The win will help the show continue to grow and expand
Imation CEO to quit

Imation CEO to quit

Mark Lucas’ seat was one of three lost to the Clinton Group.
United Steelworkers and U.S. Steel begin labor talks in Pittsburgh

United Steelworkers and U.S. Steel begin labor talks in Pittsburgh

Bargaining could be tough in industry beset by problems.
Minnesota companies breathe easier as tax rebate program ends

Minnesota companies breathe easier as tax rebate program ends

Capital equipment purchases for small businesses are now tax-exempt.

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.
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