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Braidy Industries, Inc. and En+ Group subsidiary United Company RUSAL plc confirmed Thursday morning the Boards of Directors of both companies have approved a $200 million lead investment in the Braidy Atlas mill by Rusal. The investment gives Rusal a 40 percent share in the Braidy Atlas mill in northeastern Kentucky. The mill will be the first greenfield aluminum rolling mill built in the U.S. in 37 years. The deal is expected to close in the second quarter of 2019.  Rusal will supply 200,000 tons of certified low-carbon prime aluminum ingot and slabs each year for a 10-year period, allowing Braidy to target 20% lower carbon emissions than its nearest competitor. This will be the world's largest order for one mill of high-quality, pre-alloyed and low-carbon primary aluminum slabs.

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ASHLAND, Ky. — Professional tennis will again return to Ashland in 2019, with the Braidy Industries $60,000 Women’s Tennis Classic at the Ashland Tennis Center July 20-28. The tournament’s inaugural event last year included 14 players who played in the 2018 U.S. Open and was embraced by the local community. It was awarded the Tournament of the Year by the Kentucky Tennis Association. Tournament Director Jack Ditty, who accepted the prestigious state award in Louisville in January, touted the many benefits the tournament is contributing to the local area. Proceeds have helped with renovations to the Ashland Tennis Center, including court and facility improvements; courts were resurfaced ahead of last year’s tournament to meet strict professional standards. “It’s not just a great event,” Ditty said. “This will have a lasting affect in our community.” American Gail Brodsky won the 2018 singles championship, her first $60,000 USTA Pro Circuit title. She rallied back after dropping the first set for a 4-6, 6-1, 6-0 victory over American Maegan Manasse.

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President's Report

May 10, 2019

Gravy and Biscuits and Country Club Grub Northeast Kentucky has had a wonderful week. Bellefonte Country Club and City National Bank hosted a fantastic Business After Hours at the Bellefonte Country Club. The new remodel and additions that have been added to the club are beautiful. Since 1921 Bellefonte has led the way as a premier facility in the Tri-State. If you haven’t been there lately come out and see the new restaurant, deck, and lounge, it is truly a wonderful place to enjoy friends and community. Thursday was also a special day. The Small Business Awards Ceremony was held at the Boyd County Community Center. Morehead State University Small Business Development Center took the lead with great partnerships from three counties to highlight what is right with our business community.   Highlighting the best of the best only strengthens the core fabric of Northeast Kentucky. The Ashland Alliance is proud to help in such a great event. AND Paula Mayo said it was the best biscuits and gravy she had ever tasted! More and more, as the spring fades to summer, the Alliance has scheduled additional Business After Hours and events for you and the community. I hope to see each one of you and share the good word of the day and find out how we can provide value to your business.