Press Release

May 25, 2012

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Barbara A. Mikulski and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) today issued the following statement on the Sparrows Point Mill in Baltimore:

“We are deeply discouraged about the news of large job losses and possible closure of Sparrows Point.

“For more than 100 years, the workers at Sparrows Point have produced the steel that built America. 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, indeed, this country. Throughout it all, from the boom years to the hardships of the last few decades, the workers have never flinched.

“The fates of several thousand men and women and their families, as well as a significant portion of the domestic steel industry in the United States, hang in the balance. We are in close contact with RG Steel and the United Steelworkers and will work with County Executive Kamenetz, the Governor and the rest of the delegation to support efforts to get information and answers for the workers and their families about how their lives will be affected, economic security for workers who lose their jobs, and a buyer for Sparrows Point who will bring long-term stability to the plant.”