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.


3M flooded with lawsuits on defective earplugs, PFAS chemicals

Firm faces litigation from 2,000 combat veterans.


Polaris taps former Michelin exec as first chief digital officer

Power sports vehicle maker Polaris Inc. has appointed a former Michelin Groupe executive to the newly created post of chief digital officer, effective immediately, officials…


3M will drill, test for PFAS contamination at Alabama school site

Chemical, dumped in regulated landfills decades ago, re-emerges as health concern.


St. Paul Ecolab jumps into livestock safety by buying company in Belgium

St. Paul-based company purchasing Flemish biosecurity and hygiene firm.


Sleep Number, Protolabs receive nods for innovation at big CES trade show

Sleep Number won for its new smart bed, and Protolabs shared an award for the Wayzn Slide.


Lawsuits against 3M regarding combat earplugs head to federal court

The cases were moved from Hennepin District Court at 3M's request.


Fastenal worker loses job after angry tweet ripping holiday gift goes viral

Manager's tweet chiding firm's holiday gift violated company policy, CEO said.


Building sector has challenges but it is in a good spot for 2020

For Uponor North America's president, builder confidence over the longer term is a big question.


Doosan Bobcat adding 200 workers through Wisconsin acquisition

The company is buying three Schiller Grounds Care brands and a Wisconsin factory.


Midwest manufacturing crawls back into growth territory in December

New factory orders and improved sales helped regional factories last month, study says