Braidy Industries, a fully integrated aluminum rolling mill is now under development in Ashland, Kentucky at the EastPark Industrial Center located approximately two miles from Interstate 64. Braidy is leading an international transformation in the use of efficient, eco-friendly aluminum alloys that are lighter and stronger.
A primary goal of Braidy Industries is to lead the generational shift in materials science that is currently underway. They chose the Ashland site in Eastern Kentucky to build a state-of-the art manufacturing facility to help accomplish this goal.
The construction of a $1.3 billion aluminum rolling mill at the EastPark Industrial Center will bring 500 full-time jobs when the plant is operational and 1,000 construction jobs to Boyd County.
Braidy Industries’ location in EastPark places them adjacent to the Ashland Community and Technical College, another tenant in EastPark, which is already developing a two-year degree program tailored to train workers for the plant. The location will enable Braidy trainees more convenient access to ACTC such as obtaining training and certification at the college while working at Braidy simultaneously. ACTC’s degree program will also help the plant meet future employee needs such as providing people to work support positions (welders, electricians, computer aided design operators, machine tool workers).
The company plans to break ground on the 2.5-million-square-foot facility in 2018 and begin operations in 2020. The site they have chosen in EastPark is certified by McCallum Sweeney as part of the rigorous American Electric Power site certification program and encompasses 740 acres.
This will be the first new aluminum mill built in the United States in 30 years, representing a significant investment into the future of the U.S. economy and the East Kentucky region.
Initially, the facility will produce about 370,000 metric tons of aluminum products per year for the automotive and aerospace industries, with opportunities to expand over time. The ripple effect of this investment will be significant and will produce positive change in the region for generations to come as suppliers and customers find economic advantages in locating in the Boyd/Greenup County area represented by the Ashland Alliance.
Eastern Kentucky has significant competitive advantages, including its proximity to leading automotive and aerospace customers, low energy costs and a skilled and available workforce for heavy manufacturing. The Braidy operations will generate opportunities for suppliers, support industries and users of the new generation aluminum. Ashland Alliance has an inventory of sites and buildings to accommodate these opportunities and is prepared to assist new and expanding companies with workforce information, market research and incentives coordination. For more information, contact Amanda Clark at 601.324.5111 or you can visit Ashland Alliance’s website for other sites and buildings in Boyd and Greenup Counties.