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By Andrea K. Walker and Mary Gail Hare and Andrea K. Walker and Mary Gail Hare,andrea.walker@baltsun.com and mary.gail.hare@baltsun.com | May 6, 2009
The general manager of the Sparrows Point steel mill in Baltimore County told a county economic development official that part of the plant will shut down temporarily this summer, putting hundreds of employees out of work. Baltimore County Economic Development Director David Iannucci said during a budget work session with the County Council Monday afternoon that general manager Thomas Russo told him the blast furnace would be temporarily shutdown in June. Iannucci said he was told the shut down would affect at least a third of the plant's 2,500 workers.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and The Baltimore Sun | September 29, 2014
Russell R. Jones, former general manager of Bethlehem Steel Corp.'s Sparrows Point plant, died Wednesday of heart failure at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson. He was 90. The son of restaurant owners Russell Wehr Jones and Noelie Delores Richard Jones, Russell Richard Jones was born and raised in Lehighton, Pa., where he graduated in 1941 from high school. His college studies at Lehigh University were interrupted when he enlisted in the Army Air Forces, where he was trained as a bomber pilot and later trained B-29 pilots.
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February 21, 2007
1889 --Pennsylvania Steel pours first pig iron at Sparrows Point 1916 --Bethlehem Steel buys the plant and announces $50 million expansion 1940-42 --Bethlehem plant and its adjacent shipyard emerge as largest producers of steel and ships for Allied war effort in World War II 1959 --Steel plant reaches peak employment of 30,920 after major expansion launched in 1957 1978 --"L" Blast Furnace built (predecessors took names A-K). It remains one of the largest in the Western Hemisphere 1997 --Bethlehem shipyard sold 2001 --Bethlehem Steel files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, seeks to reorganize 2003 --Financier Wilbur Ross founds International Steel Group and buys Bethlehem in $1.5 billion deal, creating nation's largest steel producer 2005 --Indian-born billionaire Lakshmi N. Mittal merges his growing steel empire with ISG and forms Mittal Steel Co. NV, the largest steelmaker in the world 2006 --Mittal announces a hostile bid for rival Arcelor SA in January, a $33 billion acquisition that would create a global giant 2006 --The Department of Justice files suit in August to block the sale for anti-trust reasons unless Mittal sells Arcelor's Canadian company Dofasco Inc. But that sale is blocked by a Dutch trust that controls it. Mittal later offers to sell a Weirton, W.Va.
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By Glenn Graham and The Baltimore Sun | September 26, 2014
The biggest thing the Sparrows Point girls soccer team stressed at halftime of Friday's game against No. 9 Catonsville was being sure to respond favorably if the Comets scored. So when the visitors did score a tying goal midway through the second half, the Pointers had a chance to apply what they discussed. They did so impressively. Sparrows Point came right back, getting a goal from Jamie Shiflett three minutes later and went on to claim a well-deserved, 3-1 upset win over Catonsville.
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By Steven Kivinski and Steven Kivinski,CONTRIBUTING WRITER | November 11, 1995
If someone had told Bobby Hallet in August that Sparrows Point would be playing in next week's Class 1A state title game, the Pointers' first-year coach would have told that person to "see a doctor."After all, Hallet inherited a team that lost its leading scorer and starting goalie. And only 14 players showed up for the Pointers' first practice back on Aug. 15.None of that seemed to matter last night as Sparrows Point, a team that Hallet declared "the hottest in the area," romped past Williamsport, 7-2, in a state semifinal matchup at North County.
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By Mike Frainie, For The Baltimore Sun | November 12, 2012
- Dunbar made its first ever trip to the state Class 1A volleyball tournament at Ritchie Coliseum last night. Unfortunately for the Poets, the trip was not a fruitful one. Dunbar gave Perryville (13-6) all it could handle in two of three games, but fell to the Panthers 25-21, 25-7, 25-22. Tara Holland led Dunbar with six digs and three kills. Perryville was led by Morgan Tennant with 22 assists. The Panthers will play Smithsburg, a 3-0 winner in the other semifinal, on Friday at 6 p.m. for the Class 1A state title.
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By Andrea K. Walker and Andrea K. Walker,SUN REPORTER | April 16, 2008
The Department of Justice approved yesterday the sale of the Sparrows Point steel plant to Russian steelmaker OAO Severstal. "The division has granted its approval to the Trustee's proposed sale of Sparrows Point to Severstal," Gina Talamona, a spokeswoman for the department, said in a statement. Severstal announced last month that it had agreed to buy the 119-year-old Baltimore County plant, which employs 2,500, for $810 million in cash. The government-ordered sale was overseen by a trustee appointed by the U.S. Department of Justice.
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November 5, 2002
Charles James Dunn, a career railroader and a tennis enthusiast, died of dementia Thursday at Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium. The Towson resident was 85. Mr. Dunn was born in Baltimore and raised on Cator Avenue. After graduating from Loyola High School in 1936, he attended Strayer's Business College. Because he was colorblind, he was unable to enlist in the armed services during World War II. He spent the war years working at Bethlehem Steel Corp.'s Sparrows Point shipyard. After the war, he went to work for Patapsco & Back Rivers Railroad Co., a subsidiary of Bethlehem Steel, where he was in charge of the car service department.
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By Timothy B. Wheeler and Timothy B. Wheeler,tim.wheeler@baltsun.com | May 30, 2009
Environmentalists and residents sparred with state officials and the owner of the Sparrows Point steel mill on Friday over what's being done to curb air, water and soil pollution from the 2,300-acre industrial complex. Disputing complaints from environmental groups, a statement issued by Severstal North America Inc. said its steel mill is in compliance with a 12-year-old agreement to clean up contaminated soil and groundwater there. The company vowed to "vigorously defend" against the lawsuit that the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and the Baltimore Harbor Waterkeeper organization have threatened to file alleging that the plant has done little of the remediation promised in 1997 and continues to pollute.
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By Tricia Bishop and Tricia Bishop,SUN REPORTER | November 20, 2007
Vincent F. Barletta, the Massachusetts owner of Sparrows Point shipyard, and certain affiliates have two weeks to answer racketeering claims filed against them last week in Baltimore's U.S. District Court. If they don't, the defendants face a default judgment of up to $2.25 million, according to court documents. The civil lawsuit, filed by Clean Venture Inc. on Nov. 13, claims that at least some of the defendants took up to $750,000 that was owed to the New Jersey ship-breaking company.
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By Pamela Wood and The Baltimore Sun | September 18, 2014
Hopes for redevelopment of the former Sparrows Point steel mill in Baltimore County - and the promise of new jobs - took two giant strides forward Thursday as the land was sold to a new owner who also reached agreement with state and federal environmental agencies on a cleanup plan for the polluted site. The massive former Bethlehem Steel facility was shuttered two years ago and auctioned off in a bankruptcy-law proceeding to salvage companies. The land has now been sold for an undisclosed amount to Sparrows Point Terminal, an offshoot of the Hanover-based investment firm Redwood Capital Investments LLC. Under terms of an agreement announced Thursday with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Maryland Department of the Environment, Redwood Capital will commit $48 million to clean up the property's land and groundwater, and pay $3 million to the EPA to investigate issues in the water surrounding Sparrows Point.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | August 7, 2014
A man changing a trailer tire at Sparrows Point was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center after Baltimore County fire officials said the tire blew out and struck him in the head. Officials were called at 11:43 a.m. to the facility for an injured subject. He was flown to the hospital by state police helicopter with life threatening injuries, officials said. Police spokesman Cpl. John Wachter said that man was in the middle of the facility, but could not confirm if he was a worker.
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By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | July 10, 2014
The owner of the closed Sparrows Point steel mill is working on selling a "significant percentage" of its stake in the property to local buyers, raising hopes for its eventual redevelopment. An attorney disclosed the potential sale this week in a court case involving the property, but did not identify the buyers except to call them a "local investment group. " Two people close to the deal that said the company is Hanover-based Redwood Capital Investments. They spoke on condition of anonymity because the transaction is not final.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | June 10, 2014
The first large, prefrabricated section of a new traffic tunnel planned in Virginia began floating down the Chesapeake Bay from Baltimore on Tuesday. Only a few feet of the concrete structure showed above the water as three tug boats pushed and pulled it south through the day - another 26 feet submerged below the surface. "It's like an iceberg," said Petty Officer Jonathan Lindberg, a spokesman for the U.S. Coast Guard in Baltimore. The Coast Guard escorted the tunnel piece and its tugs from Sparrows Point - where it was built by joint-venture partnership SKW Constructors - to near the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.
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By Pamela Wood and Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | May 31, 2014
A 58-year-old Baltimore County firefighter died Friday afternoon after he suffered a suspected heart attack during training, officials said. Robert Fogle III, a 27-year veteran and career firefighter, was participating in exercises at the Sparrows Point training facility when he became ill. He was taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. "It just reminds us about the sacrifice that our first responders do each and every day and the risks that they take to be fit and capable of helping others," Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz said.
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By Rich Scherr, For The Baltimore Sun | May 24, 2014
Players from Manchester Valley were greeted by a surprise visitor before Saturday's Class 1A state softball final. O.J. Brigance, the Ravens' director of player development, stopped by as a favor to coach Mike Hernandez. He spoke of his battle with ALS - also known as Lou Gehrig's disease - and left the Carroll County team ready for battle. Starting pitcher Madison Grimm took care of the rest. Grimm pitched a complete game two-hitter, striking out 12, and drove in a pair of runs in a 9-0 win over Sparrows Point at the University of Maryland.
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By Andrea K. Walker and Andrea K. Walker,SUN REPORTER | March 26, 2008
Russian steelmaker OAO Severstal said yesterday that its acquisition of the Sparrows Point complex could close as early as mid-May and that it plans to rapidly ramp up production at the Baltimore County steel plant. Severstal plans to bring plant production up to full capacity of 3.6 million tons a year, company executives told analysts during a conference call from Russia. The plant shipped 2.3 million tons last year. Current owner ArcelorMittal has operated Sparrows Point as a swing plant, with output fluctuating with market forces.
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By Allison Connolly and Allison Connolly,SUN REPORTER | November 13, 2007
The sale of the Sparrows Point steel mill won't close before the end of the month at the earliest, according to the head of the joint venture slated to take over the Baltimore County complex. Craig T. Bouchard, chief executive of the investment group E2 Acquisition Corp., said yesterday that E2's $1.35 billion deal to buy Sparrows Point from Mittal Steel Co. NV, of the Netherlands, remains on track but is taking longer than expected because it is complex. The joint venture is led by Chicago-based Esmark Inc., a metals distributor turned steelmaker.
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By Andrew Bahl, The Baltimore Sun | May 24, 2014
In a season full of stellar performances, Smithsburg starting pitcher Josh Miller saved his best for last. The senior tossed a complete game shutout and struck out 10 to lift the Leopards of Washington County to the Class 1A state championship, defeating Sparrows Point 9-0 at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen. Pointers senior ace Josh Icenrode started despite a broken finger that sidelined him for two weeks. The injury appeared to affect his control; after walking only eight batters all season, Icenrode walked 10 against Smithsburg.
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May 21, 2014
Fourth-ranked Chesapeake-AA won, 6-0, against Gaithersburg in a Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association Class 4A baseball semifinal Tuesday at the University of Maryland campus. Chesapeake will play Sherwood in a championship game at Ripken Stadium on Friday. No. 5 North Harford 8, La Plata 2: A two-run rally in the seventh inning wasn't enough for the Warriors, and the Hawks won a Class 3A semifinal at Joe Cannon Stadium to advance to a championship game against Reservoir at Ripken Stadium on Saturday.
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