Sun Coverage: Sparrows Point Steel Mill


2012 brought news that the once-thriving steel mill at Sparrows Point would be dismantled and eventually razed. From its Baltimore roots to its multiple sales and its former workers, browse articles about Sparrows Point Steel Mill.

Sparrows Point owners warned on environmental allegations

Sparrows Point owners warned on environmental allegations

State environmental officials and the owners of the Sparrows Point peninsula are moving toward a settlement to correct alleged regulatory violations at the former steelmaking site.  More...

Sparrows Point auction brings hundreds to buy mill's pieces

Sparrows Point auction brings hundreds to buy mill's pieces

Hundreds of people gathered on site and online Wednesday for the first public opportunity to buy the silenced remains of the Sparrows Point steel mill — from forklifts and slab haulers to cabinets and snowblowers.  More...

RG Steel's creditors want Rennert to pay over $238 million

RG Steel's creditors want Rennert to pay over $238 million

Bankrupt RG Steel's unsecured creditors are seeking permission to sue Ira Rennert — the billionaire who created the company to buy Sparrows Point — for allegedly worsening the steel mill owner's financial situation in order to improve his own.  More...

'Star of Bethlehem' lights up steel mill one final time

'Star of Bethlehem' lights up steel mill one final time

The five-pointed star, made of stainless steel and dozens of heavy-duty light bulbs, looks deceptively simple. Its symbolism is anything but.  More...

Sparrows Point co-owner disputes that it blocked bidders

Sparrows Point co-owner disputes that it blocked bidders

One of the Sparrows Point owners broke its silence on the bidding process Thursday to rebut charges that it blocked potential operators from bidding on the steel mill, saying it "seriously considered" all companies with the means to make such a purchase.  More...

500 steelworkers turn out to receive United Way holiday meals

500 steelworkers turn out to receive United Way holiday meals

For years, Jeff Mikula collected United Way donations from his fellow steelworkers at Sparrows Point. On Thursday, he — and 500 former co-workers from the now-closed plant — stood in line to receive them.  More...

Sparrows Point workers hear  union account of their steel mill's death

Sparrows Point workers hear union account of their steel mill's death

Several hundred former Sparrows Point workers gathering late Monday afternoon for details of their steel mill's demise heard from union leaders that at least two groups had wanted to restart the plant but weren't given the chance.  More...

Deadline looms for Sparrows Point workers to seek help

Deadline looms for Sparrows Point workers to seek help

The effort to connect former Sparrows Point workers with training for new careers gained more urgency last week as the final hopes of the steel mill reopening were dashed — and as the deadline to apply for the help or forever lose it fast approaches for hundreds.  More...

Sparrows Point's steel mill to be razed, Kamenetz says

Sparrows Point's steel mill to be razed, Kamenetz says

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.  More...

Sparrows Point's cold mill to be used for spare parts

Sparrows Point's cold mill to be used for spare parts

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.  More...

Sparrows Point ripple effect leaves few untouched

Sparrows Point ripple effect leaves few untouched

Debbie Hurd sees it in the parking lots along North Point Boulevard — the answer to what life would be like if the steel mill that fueled the tight-knit communities near Sparrows Point never reopens.  More...

With new buyer, Sparrows Point faces a possible end to decades of steelmaking

With new buyer, Sparrows Point faces a possible end to decades of steelmaking

Steel from Sparrows Point built the Golden Gate Bridge, the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, hundreds of ships for World War II and livelihoods for tens of thousands of Baltimore-area families.  More...

Workers mourn Sparrows Point steel mill

Workers mourn Sparrows Point steel mill

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.  More...

Sparrows Point purchased for $72 million by plant liquidator

Sparrows Point purchased for $72 million by plant liquidator

A liquidation firm won the bidding for Sparrows Point, offering $72 million for the Baltimore County steel mill — less than a tenth of what the complex sold for just four years earlier — and realizing the worst fears of its roughly 2,000 employees.  More...

Residents sue over Sparrows Point pollution

Residents sue over Sparrows Point pollution

Residents around Sparrows Point filed suit Thursday against the owners of the Baltimore County steel mill and a cement plant on the peninsula, contending that neighbors' health has been put at risk and their property contaminated by pollution from industrial activities there.  More...

Sparrows Point mill owner files for bankruptcy

Sparrows Point mill owner files for bankruptcy

The Sparrows Point steel mill stumbled into bankruptcy for the second time in 11 years as its owner filed Thursday for Chapter 11 protection from creditors as it prepares to idle operations and cut nearly 2,000 jobs at the plant next week.  More...

Federal help approved for Sparrows Point workers

Laid-off Sparrows Point steelworkers will have access to federal aid for retraining and other benefits, the state said Tuesday.  More...

Russian firm buys the Point

Russian steelmaker OAO Severstal announced yesterday that it is buying the steel plant at Sparrows Point and says it plans to run the mill at full capacity and invest up to half a billion dollars during the next five years to improve productivity.  More...

Sparrows Point buyer plans rapid boost in steel output

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.  More...

Sparrows Point called lifesaver for ailing mill

Each day, rail cars carrying steel slabs minted some 300 miles east at Baltimore County's Sparrows Point mill arrive at Esmark Inc.'s Wheeling-Pittsburgh plant here.  More...

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