Press Release

November 24, 2014
Cardin, Mikulski, Ruppersberger, Together with Local Community, Honor Legacy of Sparrows Point Workers and Continue Fight for Jobs in Baltimore County

BALTIMOREU.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski together with U.S. Representative C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (all D-Md.) today were joined by Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, Sparrows Point Terminal executive leadership as well as former Sparrows Point workers and their families to honor the legacy of the Sparrows Point community and continue their fight to support jobs in Baltimore County.

“For several generations, the workers at the Sparrows Point mills and shipyard built America, just as they built strong Maryland families,” Senator Cardin said. “As we look to the accomplishments of the past at Sparrows Point with reverence, we look to the future of the site with excitement. We have the chance to do incredible things here, both in creating new jobs and clean energy technologies. And I stand ready to help make them happen.”

“For 100 years, the men and women of Sparrows Point produced the steel that built America. From forging the groundwork for America’s infrastructure in our roads, rail and bridges, to building the ships that took America to war, no mill has played a larger role in the history of our state and our nation,” Senator Mikulski said. “As we honor the legacy of Bethlehem Steel, we look ahead to a new day for this community. With a Sparrows Point that is re-forged and renewed, we will support new jobs and new opportunities as an economic engine for Baltimore and for Maryland. I will never stop fighting for the men, women and families who through hard work and steadfast perseverance, helped build and protect America.”

The ceremony with Sparrows Point Terminal, the new owner of the 3,100-acre Sparrows Point property, honored the history and legacy of Sparrows Point and its workers. Sparrows Point workers have produced steel there for more than a century. From forging the trusses for the Golden Gate Bridge to building the ships that took America to war, no mill has played a larger role in the history of Baltimore or America.

Senators Cardin and Mikulski together with Congressman Ruppersberger and Team Maryland have continued to fight to protect the lives and livelihoods of Sparrows Point workers and their families. Through the redevelopment of Sparrows Point, they are working to support new jobs and new opportunity in Baltimore.