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Braidy Industries announces Kiewit as contractor for construction of $1.5 billion Ashland rolling mill

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Braidy Industries will begin the “mission of rebuilding Appalachia” after selecting Kiewit as its construction partner for the $1.5 billion aluminum rolling mill in northeastern Kentucky. Kiewit will be the company’s engineering, procurement and construction contractor for Braidy Atlas, the greenfield aluminum mill, Braidy Industries announced on Thursday. SWS Group...

Greater Ashland Tennis Association announces US Open Wild Card Challenge involvement

The eyes of the tennis world will focus on Ashland, Kentucky on July 22-29 during the BRAIDY INDUSTRIES $60,000 USTA PRO CIRCUIT WOMEN’S TENNIS CLASSIC. Tournament chairman Dr. Jack Ditty has announced that this year’s tournament will take part in the US Open Wild Card Challenge and will be live streamed on the internet. The Ashland, KY tournament will be one of three tournaments which will decide...

Braidy Industries breaks ground on $1.6B rolling mill near Ashland, will bring 600 jobs to region

At Friday’s ceremonial start of construction on the $1.5 billion, 600-job Braidy Industries aluminum rolling mill near Ashland, Gov. Matt Bevin joined elected officials and business leaders in hailing the project as the economic comeback of Eastern Kentucky and a direct result of the state’s right-to-work legislation. Gov. Matt Bevin addresses the crowd at Friday’ groundbreaking (photo credit...

Braidy Industries buys additional parcels at EastPark Industrial Center; breaks ground on $1.3B mill

Braidy Industries has announced that it has invested $3.4 million to acquire additional land and buildings at the EastPark Industrial Center in Ashland, just hours before the groundbreaking for its new mill. In April 2017, Braidy Industry announced its plans to build a $1.3 billion mill, which has been called a game changer, in Boyd County. The newly-acquired properties include the 12.6-acre HT Hackney...

Braidy Industries head says company poised to bring positive economic outlook back to Ashland, region

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Craig Bouchard has only to look outside the window of his downtown office in this northeastern Kentucky city for motivation. Ashland is a shell of what it used to be. But if Bouchard has his way, that will change. Bouchard, chairman and CEO of Braidy Industries, is leading an ambitious initiative to build a $1.3 billion state-of-the-art aluminum rolling mill in an area...

Braidy industries announces hires, promotions; groundbreaking for $1.3 billion facility set for spring

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Braidy Industries has announced key hires and executive promotions as they progress plans for a 300,000 ton-capacity aluminum rolling mill in Eastern Kentucky that is targeted for a spring groundbreaking. Brigadier General Blaine Holt, USAF (Ret.) assumes the role of COO from his previous role as Executive Vice President of Operations and will continue to report to Braidy...

Kentucky’s 2017 corporate investment hits $9.2 billion creating 17,200 jobs; highest mark in 17 years

Shattering its previous investment record, Kentucky has announced $9.2 billion in corporate expansion and new-location projects in 2017, bringing commitments to create more than 17,200 jobs, the most since 2000. “Kentucky’s record-setting performance this year in job creation and corporate investment is a direct result of the pro-business legislation, policies and programs we’ve enacted over...

Braidy Industries reveals shareholders in aluminum rolling mill in NE Kentucky; a list of ‘heavy hitters’

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Heavy hitters in the business world have joined together as shareholders in Braidy Industries, the firm that’s building a $1.3 billion aluminum rolling mill in northeastern Kentucky.

The list includes entrepreneurs, industrialists, investors, a former member of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, a world-renowned Harvard University economist, as well as current and...

Bevin, Braidy Industries’ CEO Bouchard talk leadership, development at Local Issues Luncheon

Gov. Matt Bevin and Braidy Industries CEO Craig Bouchard shared center stage Thursday at the 42nd annual Local Issues Conference Governor’s Luncheon at the Galt House in Louisville, discussing key developments and decisions that led to one of the most historic economic investments in Eastern Kentucky. “I am blessed by the opportunity to speak to people like Craig Bouchard on a weekly basis, as...

‘Game-changer’: Braidy Industries to build $1.3B mill in Greenup, create 550 advanced manufacturing jobs

Gov. Matt Bevin and executives from Braidy Industries Inc. announced the company will build a $1.3 billion aluminum mill and create 550 advanced manufacturing jobs in Greenup County to produce sheet and plate for the automotive and aerospace industries. The announcement marks a turning point in bringing economic vitality to Eastern Kentucky, and comes just two days after the 53rd anniversary of President...