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Historic Martin Tower 21-Story Headquarters in Bethlehem Imploded – CBS Philly

BETHLEHEM, Pa. (CBS / AP) – Sixteen thousand tons of Bethlehem Steel collapsed in seconds in a Sunday as a demolition crew implanted Martin Tower, the defunct steelmaker's former world headquarters. Crowds gathered to see the demolition of the area's tallest building, a 21-storey monolith that opened up to Bethlehem Steel's power and profitability, but had been vacant for a dozen years after the US's second largest steel industry went into business. Explosive substances took out Martin Tower steel support and crushed the 47-year-old building, which had been seated on the National Register of Historic Places despite its relatively young age. The implosion, which took 16 seconds, created a thick dust load that remained for several minutes. Martin Tower was the world's headquarters for the former Bethlehem Steel Corporation and is the tallest building in Pennsylvania outside of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. [1 9659002] Eyewitness News was granted exclusive access to the 21-storey building before Sunday's implosion. Tyler Kent, whose father worked in Bethlehem Steel for 46 years and raised 11 children, said his "heart ended" when he saw the building fall. His father and other relatives were proud to work at the industrial center that armed the US military and helped shape skylines across the country. "To see that it came down came a tear in my eye. I didn't think it would affect me emotionally as it did, but I just can't imagine it's gone. It's so sad," said Kent, who could see the tower from his house. "It…

BETHLEHEM, Pa. (CBS / AP) – Sixteen thousand tons of Bethlehem Steel collapsed in seconds in a Sunday as a demolition crew implanted Martin Tower, the defunct steelmaker’s former world headquarters. Crowds gathered to see the demolition of the area’s tallest building, a 21-storey monolith that opened up to Bethlehem Steel’s power and profitability, but had been vacant for a dozen years after the US’s second largest steel industry went into business.

Explosive substances took out Martin Tower steel support and crushed the 47-year-old building, which had been seated on the National Register of Historic Places despite its relatively young age. The implosion, which took 16 seconds, created a thick dust load that remained for several minutes.

Martin Tower was the world’s headquarters for the former Bethlehem Steel Corporation and is the tallest building in Pennsylvania outside of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. [1

9659002] Eyewitness News was granted exclusive access to the 21-storey building before Sunday’s implosion.

Tyler Kent, whose father worked in Bethlehem Steel for 46 years and raised 11 children, said his “heart ended” when he saw the building fall. His father and other relatives were proud to work at the industrial center that armed the US military and helped shape skylines across the country.

“To see that it came down came a tear in my eye. I didn’t think it would affect me emotionally as it did, but I just can’t imagine it’s gone. It’s so sad,” said Kent, who could see the tower from his house.

“It was state-of-the-art”: The historic Martin tower in Bethlehem to come down on Sunday

] Martin Tower’s current owner spent years trying to rebuild the 332 structure foot (the highest in a quietly populated area of ​​Pennsylvania covering the cities of Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton) but finally concluded that it gave more economic sense to knock it down and start over. Plans require a development of $ 200 million with hospitals, stores, restaurant, convenience store, hotel and 528 apartments.

Bethlehem Steel was a major supplier of ships and arms to the US military during World War II and the Steel is located in the Empire State Building, the Golden Gate Bridge and many other landmarks.

The company moved into its new corporate headquarters in 1972, just before the US steel industry entered a major recession. Bethlehem Steel, who employed more than 120,000 people when Martin Tower opened, declared bankruptcy in 2001 and closed well two years later.

To some extent, the tower – built in a cross-shaped shape to maximize the number of corner offices – symbolized a business surplus.

“This money went as the workers never got,” said Fran Maiatico, whose father worked at Bethlehem Steel. She was among hundreds of people who gathered several blocks from the building on Sunday to see it coming down.

Leonard Gentilcore, 88, a retired Bethlehem Steel Structural Draftsman who worked at Martin Tower, said he didn’t care that it was gone. He said he was associated with the building with business executives without help, which helped drive Bethlehem Steel into the ground.

But his son, 49-year-old Mike Gentilcore, a former Bethlehem Steel Metals researcher, said “it breaks my heart” that an important part of the company’s history is no longer. He recalled looking at the tower’s window as a child and later worked there himself.

“It’s the end of an era, and I will miss seeing it there,” he said.

The company’s flagship Bethlehem mill, less than 2 kilometers from the Martin Tower, was converted into a casino and entertainment destination 10 years ago.

(© Copyright 2019 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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