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Sparrows Point workers being recalled

Many laid-off employees at the Sparrows Point steel mill will be returning to work as plans move forward to restart the plant’s blast furnace.

The plant manager and the head of the local steel workers union sent a letter to the employees Thursday, saying the hot mill will begin production shortly after the furnace is restarted in May.

It is unclear how many of the 1,000 laid-off workers would be called back to the job.

The plant, owned by OAO Severstal, has been largely idle since the summer. The Russian owners have blamed the poor economy. This month, the Renco Group, a private investment firm, agreed to buy the Baltimore County facility for $1.2 billion.

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