Reporter | Manufacturing

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.


First of Minnesota's largest companies confirm coronavirus will affect bottom line

General Mills, Medtronic, Ecolab talk about how the outbreak is affecting their businesses during investor events.


Ecolab saw adjusted quarterly profit rise 8%

But fourth-quarter results fell shy of expectations.


With sales down, Polaris does major retooling of Slingshot

Medina-based company has reinvented the three-wheel motorcycle after a full review from customer feedback to engineering.


Target, Best Buy could be hit by supply disruptions because of coronavirus

Minnesota companies are scrambling to shift as suppliers struggle to ramp up production because of the epidemic.


Andersen Windows and Doors launches multimillion-dollar rebranding effort

Its first in a decade, the campaign includes a new logo, tagline and ads across TV, radio and social media.


Look to apprenticeships to jump into hot jobs like skilled manufacturing

Thanks to the tight workforce and more state investment, employers statewide are offering on-the-job training for hard-to-fill jobs.


Winter X Games medalist and Maple Plain fabricator team up to make new racing prosthetic

The new prosthetic parts helped "Monster" Mike Schultz take home the gold at the adaptive snow bikecross competition at the 2020 Winter X Games in Aspen, Colo.


Twin Cities Auto Show bringing top industry players to inaugural truck summit

The National Truck Summit will be March 6, the day before the weeklong auto show starts at the Minneapolis Convention Center.


Factories in Minnesota, across nation rebound from slumps

The Midwest showed a higher growth rate after a weak December


Shutterfly to move up to 100 jobs from California to Eden Prairie

Its California headquarters will lose up to 100 marketing positions to Eden Prairie.