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By Jon Morgan and Jon Morgan,Evening Sun Staff | April 25, 1991
Despite a slight improvement in its performance during the first three months of the year, Baltimore Specialty Steels Corp. remains troubled and in search of a buyer.Significant cost-cutting at the Baltimore stainless steel plant helped it break even in the first quarter, after a period of losses, said Raymond E. Hein, president of Baltimore Specialty Steels. Hein is also a vice president of the company's reluctant parent, Armco Inc. of Parsippany, N.J.But the outlook for the plant, which is suffering through an industry-wide downturn, is still uncertain.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | July 12, 2014
Harry E. Klages, a World War II pilot who owned Cathell Bros. & Co. Inc. and was a longtime volunteer with the Friends of Jerusalem Mill, died Monday at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center of complications from a fall. He was 93. The son of Harry E. Klages, a Chesapeake Bay pilot, and Lillian Seth Klages, a homemaker, Harry Ernest Klages was born in Baltimore. When he was 8 months old, his mother died, and his father turned him over to an uncle and aunt who raised him in the city's Mayfield neighborhood and also at another home on the Magothy River.
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By Timothy B. Wheeler | November 7, 2009
The Severstal steel plant at Sparrows Point has been cited for multiple air pollution violations over the past year, and an investigation is under way of a furnace fire Sept. 29 at the Baltimore County facility, a state spokesman said Friday. The Department of the Environment notified the Michigan-based steel company Sept. 24 that it faces unspecified civil penalties for emitting excessive amounts of potentially harmful chemicals from one of the plant's operations in September and October of 2008, and again on June 25 of this year.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | June 10, 2014
When Jeff Shaney and his wife bought their historic home last year, he says, his friends from Towson all asked the same thing. "Why did you move to Dundalk?" The waterfront community in Baltimore County has long suffered skeptics and detractors - it's been derided by some as "Dumb-dalk," and when a survey was conducted three years ago, people in the area described it in terms that were not pretty: Rats. Crime. Filth. "If you've never been here, you may think the town is a dying steel plant - or now, a dead steel plant," said Amy Menzer, executive director of the nonprofit Dundalk Renaissance Corp.
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January 15, 1991
Services for Milton Kraft Jr., a retired chief project engineer for the Bethlehem Steel Corp. plant at Sparrows Point, will be held at 9 a.m. today at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3909 Pennington Ave. in Curtis Bay, and at 11 a.m. at the Leonard J. Ruck Funeral Home, 5305 Harford Road.Mr. Kraft, who was 69 and lived in Riviera Beach, died of cancer Saturday at Stella Maris Hospice.He retired in 1981 as head of the engineers doing planning and design work for new construction at the steel plant, where he had worked for 34 years.
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By Jamie Smith Hopkins and Jamie Smith Hopkins,SUN REPORTER | December 12, 2007
A deadline to complete the sale of Sparrows Point came and went this week, further dragging out a resolution of the Baltimore County steel plant's fate. Mittal Steel Co. NV of the Netherlands is under orders by the Justice Department to sell Sparrows Point to resolve antitrust issues related to its merger with Luxembourg-based Arcelor SA. Investment group E2 Acquisition Corp., led by Esmark Inc. of Illinois, agreed in August to buy the plant for $1.35 billion -- and the two parties have been trying to seal the deal ever since.
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By Allison Connolly and Allison Connolly,Sun reporter | February 21, 2007
For the third time in as many years, Sparrows Point is up for sale. And this time it's a rush job. The Justice Department wants the sprawling Baltimore County steel plant to be under new ownership within 90 days to make sure that its current boss, Mittal Steel Co. NV, does not have too much control over the market for tin plate used to make cans for foods, aerosol sprays, paints and other products. Netherlands-based Mittal, which is merging with Luxembourg-based Arcelor SA in a $33 billion deal to create the world's largest steelmaker, had wanted to sell its plant in Weirton, W.Va.
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By ALLISON CONNOLLY and ALLISON CONNOLLY,SUN REPORTER | July 8, 2006
About 150 workers will go on voluntary, temporary layoff tomorrow at the Sparrows Point steel mill even though teams working to fix the giant blast furnace are making progress toward restarting it. The "L" blast furnace, which makes the molten iron that is mixed with scrap metal to produce steel, has been down since June 30. A power outage on June 23 allowed the furnace - which normally operates at more than 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit - to cool, causing the...
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By Sean Somerville and Sean Somerville,SUN STAFF | January 18, 1997
Exactly a year after Gov. Parris N. Glendening cited a $1.2 million state grant for Avesta Sheffield East as an example of the state's ability to help create jobs, the Baltimore County stainless steel plant cut 100 jobs yesterday -- almost half its work force.Stockholm, Sweden-based Avesta Sheffield AB received the state "Sunny Day" grant for training and equipment in March 1995, after it acquired the former Eastern Stainless Corp. from Armco Inc. In return, the new owner pledged to boost employment at the Essex plant from about 200 to 350.Chuck Porcari, a spokesman for the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, said the state has no legal right to recover the grant money.
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By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | March 6, 2012
RG Steel Sparrows Point plans to restart the No. 2 galvanizing line in early April, expanding the plant's product offerings, the steelmaker said Tuesday. "Our customers have expressed interest in a broader range of products from Sparrows Point," Jerry Nelson, chief commercial officer at RG Steel, said in a statement. The line, which was idled by the plant's previous owner in July 2010, produces heavy-gauge coated products. Sparrows Point's No. 4 line will move some of its galvanized orders to the No. 2 line.
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By Jessica Anderson and Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | May 5, 2014
Nine workers were hospitalized Monday after the roof gave way on a building at the former steel mill in Sparrows Point, disrupting work on the lengthy dismantling of the Baltimore County industrial complex. Four of those hurt suffered serious to critical injuries, authorities said, and state regulators were on the scene investigating what went wrong. All 13 workers in the building that once housed the cold mill at the time of the accident were able to get out, demolition contractor MCM Management Corp.
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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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January 28, 2013
As one of the last 2,000 employees of the steel mill at Sparrows Point, I have been reading with interest The Sun's reporting of the steel plant's demise. Included in the last article was mention of a faded sign proclaiming "America - Strong as Steel" ("Sparrows Point auction brings hundreds to buy," Jan. 24). After the 9-11 tragedy, I was asked by my superintendent to paint a symbolic and patriotic sign. Before the sign was placed at the plant entrance, it was the backdrop for a steelworker's rally at our union hall and at the national "Stand Up for Steel" rally in Washington, D.C. Now, years later, the sign is again symbolic - of the destruction of steelmaking at Sparrows Point and 2,000 faded steelworkers.
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By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | December 13, 2012
An out-of-state steelmaker has bought the most valuable piece of the Sparrows Point plant to use as spare parts, a move that could kill the last hopes that the steel mill might be purchased by an operator and reopened. American Metal Market reported late Wednesday that Charlotte, N.C.-based Nucor Corp. had acquired the major portion of Sparrows Point's 12-year-old cold mill, the newest part of an old facility. Nucor's president, John Ferriola, told the trade publication that the acquisition would be used for upgrades and to replace parts at the company's own mills.
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June 22, 2012
I couldn't help but think of the sad irony when the giant cranes recently arrived in Baltimore ("Giant cranes arrive safely in port," June 21). Cranes that were imported from the other side of the world and parked at their new home that is almost next door to a closing steel plant. Imported cranes that will improve the port's ability to import more goods from other countries. What a telling symbol of our evolving economy. Scott Richardson, Winfield
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By Hanah Cho, The Baltimore Sun | May 24, 2012
The owner of the financially ailing Sparrows Point steel plant is idling operations there, warning 1,975 workers Thursday that they would be laid off starting next month. The news, the latest casting doubt on the future of the Baltimore County facility, came as RG Steel is shopping the steel mill and its other assets to potential buyers. RG Steel informed the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulations that layoffs would begin June 4 and continue through June 18. The state said the company would be laying off 1,714 hourly and 261 salaried workers, losses that would be a significant blow to the economy.
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By Allison Connolly and Allison Connolly,Sun reporter | April 17, 2007
Officials from Chicago-based Esmark Inc. toured Sparrows Point yesterday, the latest in a string of potential buyers that have filed through the Baltimore County steel plant in the past two weeks. Netherlands-based Mittal Steel Co. NV, which must sell Sparrows Point to abide by a Justice Department ruling, has been tight-lipped about who has come through the plant. Workers say the tours are led by managers, who refuse to disclose who the interested parties are. Esmark's chairman and chief executive officer, James P. Bouchard, confirmed yesterday that he was at the plant for a tour.
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By Allison Connolly and Allison Connolly,Sun reporter | June 21, 2007
The clock is ticking down on the sale of the Sparrows Point steel plant. The Justice Department granted owner Mittal Steel Co. NV a 15-day extension yesterday - until July 5 - to find a buyer for the sprawling complex. Mittal, of the Netherlands, is under a Justice Department consent order to sell the 118-year-old plant to resolve antitrust concerns relating to tin plate production arising from its $33 million merger with Luxembourg-based Arcelor SA. Yesterday marked the second extension granted by the government, which last month gave the steelmaker an additional 30 days - until yesterday - to conclude a deal.
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By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | May 2, 2012
Environmental groups are appealing a federal judge's ruling that the owners of the Sparrows Point steel mill need only do a limited search for offshore pollution from the plant. The Chesapeake Bay Foundation and its legal partners, including the Baltimore Harbor Waterkeeper, have filed notice with the U.S. District Court in Baltimore of their intention to appeal a decision by Judge J. Frederick Motz accepting a plan by the steel plant's current owner, RG Steel, to test for contamination no more than 50 feet into the Patapsco River and Bear Creek.
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By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | March 6, 2012
RG Steel Sparrows Point plans to restart the No. 2 galvanizing line in early April, expanding the plant's product offerings, the steelmaker said Tuesday. "Our customers have expressed interest in a broader range of products from Sparrows Point," Jerry Nelson, chief commercial officer at RG Steel, said in a statement. The line, which was idled by the plant's previous owner in July 2010, produces heavy-gauge coated products. Sparrows Point's No. 4 line will move some of its galvanized orders to the No. 2 line.
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