Dee DePass | Star Tribune
Reporter | Manufacturing

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.


Pentair's first-quarter earnings beat expectations

The company's last quarter before a major spin off showed strong revenue and profit growth.


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 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.


Consumers seek class-action status in new lawsuit against Polaris

Plaintiffs say Polaris "knowingly made defective vehicles" and failed to notify customers quickly of fire hazards.


Midwest manufacturing expands for 16th straight month in March

New orders, trade, production provide big boost for Minnesota factories.


Polaris hit with $27M penalty for failing to report vehicle problems

Company will comply with order, recalls more defective recreational vehicles.


Surly settles $2.5M lawsuit over alleged mandatory tip-pooling

Brewer will pay $2.5M to settle battle over mandatory pooling system.


Minnesota sees dip of 1,300 jobs in February

But the unemployment rate dropped to 3.2 percent.


Protolabs expanding again, this time in Brooklyn Park

The manufacturer bought a 152,000-square-foot building and already has plans to expand it.


Agco launches apprenticeship program in Jackson, Minn.

The maker of farm vehicles will hire 20 apprentices with state help.