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Sparrows Point Steel Mill

It was long, hard road for the former Bethlehem Steel plant in Sparrows Point. After being sold numerous times to various national and international companies since Bethlehem Steel's bankruptcy in 2002, NuCor, a North Carolina-based firm finally switched off the ovens for good at the 123-year-old plant, sending about 2,000 employees into the unemployment lines. And there it sits a year later. While slated for dismantling, the plant looks out over the Patapsco River like a rusty iron giant being quietly soothed by creeping green hands of Mother Nature. Baltimore County executive Kevin Kamenetz has said "jobs will return to the site," but no one knows when. Until then, we have to feel the pang of sorrow knowing that the lights of the plant's tower will never be seen from the Key Bridge again.

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