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Braidy outlines optimism about ACTC partnership

Braidy Industries President and CEO Craig Bouchard told job seekers not to feel discouraged that his company has received 5,500 applications for 600 jobs.

“I wouldn’t let that turn you off for one second,” said Bouchard.

The top Braidy executive was speaking to more than 200 local residents Tuesday night at the Ashland Community and Technical College’s campus at the EastPark Industrial Center. They were gathered at the campus to learn what working for Braidy would entail. The company said it plans to build a $1.3 billion aluminum rolling mill in EastPark in 2020, and hire about 600 employees.

The information session was the first of three on the campus.

Job seekers on Tuesday night received details on qualifications for working at the mill, what types of jobs would be offered and potential salaries. Braidy Senior Vice President Curtis Carson delivered a presentation. ACTC officials answered questions about applying for a training program for future Braidy employees that begins in the fall.

The Advanced Integrated Technology associate’s degree program is 60 credit hours and includes industrial-based courses.

Bouchard said the company expects all of its future aluminum rolling employees to maintain a 3.0 grade point average and remain drug free throughout the duration of the program.

He said most employees can expect to make an annual salary of $65,000, and receive a lucrative annual bonus.


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