The ongoing battle over the future of the Sparrows Point steel mill is a microcosm of the broader decline of American manufacturing. The current owners, the Russian company Severstal, are hoping to sell the plant, and meanwhile layoffs, shut downs, and declining benefits are threatening the livelihoods of many who have worked in the plant their whole lives. Mark Reutter is a journalist who covers the mill for the Baltimore Brew. He’s also the author of Making Steel, and he’s been offering Baltimore readers in-depth coverage of the plant since the 1980s. He joined us today to discuss the most recent developments at the plant.