"Everybody's had a close call, one way or another, at the plant," Kellner said. "It wasn't a safe place to work in the early years. In the later years, we got better, but it certainly wasn't a utopia."

Baltimore-based Loeblein Memorials erected the monument in 1993, using a forklift and a crew that included employees Dave Brundick and Art Hellwig III. On Tuesday, both returned to take it apart with R.S. Kinnaird Memorials of Thurmont, which brought the crane.

They had to pull out two pine bushes to make space for the equipment. Then they slowly, carefully removed the "die" — the main part of the monument, which includes what was then the steelworkers' logo — from the base. All 3,200-or-so pounds of it.

The even-heavier base was next, leaving a forlorn-looking piece of concrete that had served as the foundation. The whole operation took about an hour in sweaty, 90-degree heat.

After that, they put it all back together at Heritage Park, about a block off Dundalk Avenue, on a foundation laid by the county.

Lewis, Steelworkers' Maryland subdistrict director Jim Strong and Loeblein owner Nelson Mathews watched as the die with its message about the ultimate sacrifice swung into place. Later, the crew would add the separate granite pieces with the names — all 110 of them, including two new ones.

One is Harry Skruch, a foreman killed in 1959 and left off when the granite was first engraved. The other is Bob Jennings, whose death — family and union leaders say — was linked inextricably to the plant's closure.

Jennings, 59, shot himself in January. He had spent months fruitlessly searching for a full-time job in a rough market for manufacturing workers and struggling to get funding approved for training.

"He symbolizes the death of the plant and what the death of the plant meant," Lewis said.

Jeanne Jennings, one of Bob Jennings' daughters, said the inclusion — connecting him to the 109 known industrial deaths — means a lot to her family.

"It brought tears to my eyes that they would do that for us," she said.