ASHLAND, Ky. (KT) – Braidy Industries will be celebrating its June 1 groundbreaking with a country music lineup that includes Naomi Judd, who hails from the city, and Tanya Tucker in a free concert on the streets of downtown Ashland.
Braidy said the day's events start with a groundbreaking ceremony on the site at the EastPark Industrial Center featuring Gov. Matt Bevin. Tours of the properties and Ashland Community & Technical College, which is offering a Braidy Industries two-year advanced manufacturing degree program. The ceremony runs from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Then there will be a “One Family” celebration in the evening featuring country music icons, Judd and Tucker, as well as emerging country artist Olivia Ooms. Also performing will be local musicians The Creek Don’t Rise, Josh Brown and the Hard Livin’ Legends and the Bronson Arroyo Band, featuring the former Cincinnati Reds pitcher.
The celebration will be in downtown Ashland on Winchester Avenue between 14th and 18th streets starting around 5 p.m.
Braidy is a manufacturer of metals for the global transportation and defense industries. The company announced last year it was building an aluminum rolling mill at EastPark Industrial Center and located its headquarters in downtown Ashland. Braidy said it will bring in nearly 600 jobs with average salaries of around $60,000 per year.
Braidy Chief Executive Officer Craig T. Bouchard said his company has received a warm welcome over the past year and is looking forward to the celebration with northeastern Kentucky.
“Let us celebrate together as one family and take the first step together on the first day of June,” he said.