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.


Ecolab University Center to become apartments downtown St. Paul

$20 million project in St. Paul will also include a grocery store.


New style of 3-D-printed fashion hits New York runway

Threeasfour worked for months with Stratasys and Travis Fitch to create the pieces, which will travel to museums, including the Walker Art Center.


Starbucks delivery drivers in Midwest, including Minnesota, in labor dispute

Officials say any food shortages are unrelated, and the drivers have not missed any deliveries.


Minnesota and Midwest manufacturing slowed sharply in August

Tariffs were seen as factor as a key manufacturing measure slipped into negative territory for the first time in 32 months.


3M CEO seeing 'baptism by fire' with trade war, slowing economy

A little more than a year on the job, Mike Roman is dealing with a slowing economy, a growing trade war and Wall Street worries.


Ultra Machining Company in Monticello expanding, adding 60 workers

Medical device and aerospace parts maker's plan would add 60 factory workers in Monticello.


3M is selling military helmet and armor business for at least $91M

Bullet-resistant products unit is small but had a high profile.


St. Paul-based Ecolab acquires Georgia firm with $40M in sales

The company is best known for its Sterilox Fresh line of products.


In new day for Iron Range, iron ore plant in Silver Bay celebrates $100M upgrades

Upgraded plant is latest sign of resurgence for state's ore-processing industry.


Pace Industries will shut its Arden Hills die-casting plant by October

It's unclear why the company is closing the die-casting facility.