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By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | September 21, 2010
The owners of the Sparrows Point shipyard have filed a federal lawsuit accusing the present and former owners of the old Bethlehem Steel mill on the Patapsco River peninsula of contaminating the dock and ship repair facility with cancer-causing benzene and other hazardous chemicals. SPS Limited Partnership and SPS 35, a limited liability corporation, are demanding cleanup and compensation for their own cleanup costs from Severstal North America, the 120-year-old steel mill's current owner, and from Arcelormittal USA, which owned the mill from 2005 until 2008.
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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 Jonathan Pitts, The Baltimore Sun | August 8, 2012
For generations of Sparrows Point steelworkers, Micky's restaurant on North Point Boulevard was the place to go for a sandwich before work, a pile of chicken gizzards for lunch or a few Natty Bohs to cap off a double shift. On paydays, when the eatery cashed checks, it was even more giddily packed than usual. "That's when lines were out the door," recalled Howard "Howie" Evans, an ironworker foreman who labored at the plant for more than 20 years. On Tuesday, though, the place was quiet, the mood glum.
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By Tim Swift, The Baltimore Sun | March 28, 2014
Workers at Sparrows Point imploded one of the buildings at the closed steel plant Friday, causing a loud boom that was heard in nearby Dundalk, Baltimore County Police said. MCM Industrial Services conducted a controlled demolition of the Basic Oxygen Furnace shop building at 2 p.m. on Friday, said Cpl. John Wachter, a Baltimore County police spokesman. The steel mill at Sparrows Point, which employed tens of thousands in its heyday, closed in 2012 after its last owner, RG Steel, filed for bankruptcy.
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By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | August 7, 2012
The Sparrows Point steel mill was auctioned off Tuesday, but no one - not the company, not its attorneys, not the union - would say who bought it. The auction for the Baltimore County mill was held in the afternoon, according to a source familiar with the proceedings. No details were filed with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court late Tuesday, and it may be several days before any appear there. The timing isn't clear, let alone the results, because owner RG Steel has been silent for days outside of court filings.
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By Gus G. Sentementes, The Baltimore Sun | March 31, 2011
Ownership of the Sparrows Point steel mill in Baltimore County was officially transferred on Thursday from Severstal North America, a subsidiary of a Russian steel and mining company, to the New York-based Renco Group Inc., company officials said. The Renco Group bought the steel mill, as well as mills in West Virginia and Ohio, in a $1.2 billion deal that was struck earlier this month. Renco has said it plans to bring an unspecified number of workers back to Sparrows Point, after most of the mill's operations were idled in July and nearly 1,000 workers were laid off. The company has said it would resume making steel next month.
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By Meredith Cohn and Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | July 10, 2010
Thirteen years after a federal court ordered steelmakers in Sparrows Point to clean up the toxic brew surrounding the peninsula just east of Baltimore City, those who live with the air and water pollution say little has been done. They suffer with gritty fallout on their boats, fumes that sting their throats, and fears that swimming, crabbing or fishing near their homes will make them sick. State and federal officials have cited the steel mill owners 22 times since the court decree, and fined it nearly $700,000.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | December 13, 2012
The owners of the Sparrows Point steel mill plan to raze the closed plant, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz said Thursday, as political leaders from Towson to Washington mourned the loss of a landmark that once employed tens of thousands. The officials, including Gov. Martin O'Malley, vowed to help steelworkers who have lost their jobs. But the head of United Steelworkers Local 9477 was angry that a key part of the plant is being sold to North Carolina-based Nucor Corp. — to be used for spare parts.
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By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | December 24, 2012
The five-pointed star, made of stainless steel and dozens of heavy-duty light bulbs, looks deceptively simple. Its symbolism is anything but. Not long after Bethlehem Steel built the Sparrows Point steel mill's massive "L" blast furnace in 1978, workers erected the "Star of Bethlehem" at the top - a reference to the longtime owner as well as to the nativity. The star has shone from on high in December ever since, its meaning slowly transforming from an eye-catching example of the steel mill's might to something deeper and more emotional.
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By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | December 11, 2013
Worthington Industries warned state officials Wednesday that it will close its 54-employee steel processing plant in Essex next year, a move that follows the collapse last year of the nearby Sparrows Point steel mill. "With the consolidation of the steel industry, many of the mills that previously supplied the Baltimore facility have closed, negatively impacting the supply chain there," Worthington said in a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing. "The Company has concluded that it can more efficiently service its customers in the Mid-Atlantic Region from other Worthington facilities and processing partners.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | November 29, 2013
The recent publication of Elmer J. Hall's "A Mill on the Point: One Hundred and Twenty-Five Years of Steelmaking at Sparrows Point, Maryland," marks the last of his quartet of books chronicling the work and social history of the once heavily industrialized eastern Baltimore County peninsula. His earlier books include "Diary of a Mill Town: Recollections of the Bungalows and Sparrows Point, Maryland," "Shipbuilding at the Sparrows Point Yard: A Century of Pride and Tradition," and "The Patapsco and Back Rivers Railroad: Chronicles of the Push, Bump and Ram. " Hall is a retired Baltimore County public school educator and Sparrows Point native who grew up in the Bungalows, the now-demolished company town neighborhood.
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By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | November 17, 2013
The General Motors factory in Baltimore, the Solo Cup plant in Owings Mills and the steel mill at Sparrows Point all made things for decades. And all closed in the past 10 years. It's a familiar tale for much of the country. But Maryland's manufacturing job losses - the result of cutbacks, shutdowns and technological innovations requiring fewer people - are among the nation's steepest. The state saw a faster pace of job reductions in the sector than all but seven other states and the District of Columbia in the past six years, according to a Baltimore Sun analysis comparing the most recent Labor Department figures with the period just before the recession.
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By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | September 15, 2013
John A. Kinnaird backed his truck-mounted crane toward the monument that has stood at the side of Dundalk Avenue for two decades, a black-granite tribute "in memory of those who made the supreme sacrifice. " The memorial recognizes workers killed in industrial accidents at the Sparrows Point steel mill - more than 100 in the past 65 years, and countless more before that. But now the mill itself is dead, shut down last year. The United Steelworkers Local 9477 union, whose hall stands directly behind the monument, is following suit.
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Robert L. Ehrlich Jr | August 18, 2013
The huge, idle steelworks is impossible to miss as one travels across the Key Bridge. More than once, my boys have asked about the giant plant at Sparrows Point. "What was made there?" "How many people worked there?" "How come nobody works there anymore?" The answer is complex; the full explanation as to why hundreds of acres of prime industrial land are now shuttered goes far beyond one plant located in Sparrows Point, Maryland. I thought about this Ehrlich family discussion while watching the uproar generated by the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority's decision to allow a subcontract for the steel decks of the Verrazano Narrows Bridge project to be built by a Chinese steel fabricator.
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By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | July 21, 2013
The Maryland Port Administration wants to build an auto terminal at the former Sparrows Point steel mill in the next few years, speeding plans to bring jobs to an area hungry for them. Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz has endorsed the plan, but some residents object to the dredging that will come with the project - fearing that such work will disturb toxic material left in the water after decades of steelmaking. The port administration, which says it would spend tens of millions of dollars on environmental remediation, wants to purchase part of the sprawling Baltimore County property to store material dredged up from the harbor.
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By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | June 8, 2013
The closing of the steel mill at Sparrows Point overwhelmed Bob Jennings. Too young to retire at 59, he faced a gloomy job market for local manufacturing workers and a bureaucracy that couldn't get him timely training help. He felt like a failure. No, no, his wife said, "the system is the failure," but she couldn't convince him. On a cold Saturday morning, he wrote her a short note of apology, walked to their shed and shot himself. Troy Pritt, 44, also worked at the Baltimore County mill.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | May 3, 2013
A new marine terminal could bring 9,000 jobs to the Sparrows Point peninsula, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz said Friday as he laid out the county's vision for remaking the land around its closed steel mill. A terminal in the peninsula's Coke Point area could take 10 to 12 years to become a reality, he said, and plans depend on the Maryland Port Administration's negotiations with the land's private owners, among other factors. The area has complicated environmental problems, but county leaders say the peninsula offers an exceptional location and the infrastructure to attract new investment.
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