Eickhof Columbaria, SunOpta will be featured Thursday and Friday.

    This week is Minnesota Manufacturing Week, and the Crookston Chamber & Visitors Bureau and Crookston Housing & Economic Development Authority are collaborating to shine a spotlight on Crookston manufacturers, with public tours and articles detailing the latest developments and innovations at those local manufacturers making up the “Crookston Salutes Manufacturers” promotion.

    Featured here today are American Crystal Sugar and DEE, Inc. Eickhof Columbaria will be featured Thursday (tour from 9 to 10 a.m. Thursday), followed by SunOpta.

    Since Crookston manufacturers have an almost constant need for skilled workers, organizers of the tours are extending a special invite to CHS and U of M Crookston students, and human resources professionals will be made available during the tours to discuss job and career opportunities.

Submitted by DEE, Inc.
    Longtime Crookston manufacturer DEE, Inc. is not your typical foundry and machine shop. Since 1971, DEE has been serving a variety of industries, including automotive, agriculture, off-road, industrial and recreational. Their experienced staff and unique facility enables them to accurately manufacture products, help to improve customers’ margins, serve as a single source, contact and set of standards for products, and provide a skilled designers to work with company engineers to satisfactory production.

    Jim Ellinger started DEE in 1971 in his garage, and it’s been a longtime presence in Crookston’s Industrial Park, with two separate buildings home to the foundry and machine shop (96,000 square-feet.) The current workforce is around 120 and the company’s primary markets are automotive/engine (56 %), industrial (21%), off road/engine (16%) and recreational (7%). DEE is currently owned and run by three longtime employees: Nick Nicholas, Paul Cwikla and Charles Henre.

    DEE uses the latest technology to create small to large aluminum castings with a wide variety of complexity. Utilizing a shell core process, they are able to create internal passages and openings in the castings which can reduce machining and weight. They also offer CNC machining, robotic finishing and onsite heat treatment to eliminate the need to ship materials to another facility. They build their own hydraulic fixtures, special gauges and pressure testing fixtures in house, and also design and manufacture around 25% of their sand casting tools.

    DEE recognizes the potential for a great idea in every employee, encouraging input from their team when it comes to problem solving, and rewarding those that find solutions that can benefit their customers. A tour of DEE is scheduled for Wednesday, October 3rd at 9:00 a.m. DEE currently utilizes Doherty Staffing Solutions as a partner in hiring, so interested applicants should contact Doherty for job opportunities and applications. However, a Doherty Staffing Solutions company representative will be also present to speak to potential applicants about current job openings on Wednesday morning.  DEE Inc. is located at 1302 Foskett Street in Crookston’s industrial park.