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May 16, 2019
BETHLEHEM, Pa. — Hank Barnette rode an elevator to the top floor of Martin Tower, walked to the empty spot where his office once stood and took in the expansive view, which he'd been too busy to fully appreciate when he was running America's second-largest steel company.
Barnette was there to say goodbye to the cross-shaped, steel-skinned former world headquarters of Bethlehem Steel Corp. A showpiece when it opened in 1972, Martin Tower stood vacant for a dozen years after the steelmaker went out of business.
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