Dee DePass | Star Tribune
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.


Polaris expands in marine industry by buying assets of Larson Boat Group

Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but it includes the FX, Striper and Escape boat brands.


American factories brace for sting of 2019 trade war

America's manufacturers are scrambling to change the way they do business — from finding new suppliers to shifting more finishing work overseas — as the sting of tariffs begins to take a bigger toll on their bottom lines.


Sale of Aveda Institute Minneapolis will involve layoffs, rehirings

Details about the transition were scant, but anxiety was high, workers said.


Aveda will sell famed Aveda Institute in Minneapolis

Louisiana Aveda distributor Neill Inc. Corp. is also buying a sister school in New York City.


Apprenticeship programs abound as labor shortage deepens in Minnesota

State and federal funds help create partnerships.


Essar back in the picture at $2 billion Nashwauk mining and processing facility project

Troubled company from India said complex debt transactions pave the way; state officials not so sure.


Pentair to spend $280 million in deals for two residential water firms

The company, run from Golden Valley, will buy Pelican Water and Aquion.


Minn. company is 'well-kept secret' in $150B sensor technology industry

With a new generation at the helm, Banner Engineering is rapidly growing as a U.S. leader in sensor technology.


Midwest manufacturing grows despite trade setbacks

Orders, sales help offset contractions in imports, exports in regional report.


ArcelorMittal takes over Hibbing Taconite management from Cliffs

Cliffs to give up control in August. Ownership stays same.