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Braidy Industries’ new CEO reports to Senate committee; McDaniel asks for leadership details

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Top management at Braidy Industries briefed lawmakers Tuesday on the status of the aluminum mill project in northeastern Kentucky and the recent removal of Craig Bouchard as CEO and chairman of the board. 
Braidy’s board of directors removed Bouchard last week, replacing him with Kentuckian Charles E. Price as chairman and Tom Modrowski as CEO. Bouchard remains a member...

Braidy Industries’ Craig Bouchard says he is still CEO, contrary to company press release

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Craig Bouchard, the founder of Braidy Industries, said in a social media post that he has not stepped down as CEO despite an announcement from the company Thursday that said he was giving up the role. Braidy Industries is building a $1.7 billion aluminum rolling mill near Ashland. Thursday’s announcement came on the heels of last week’s news that 1,000 jobs were being...

Braidy Industries announces Bouchard to step down; president Tom Modrowski named interim CEO

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Braidy Industries Chairman and CEO Craig Bouchard will step down from his position, the company announced Thursday. Bouchard, the company founder, will remain a member of the Braidy Industries Board of Directors. The company is named after one of Bouchard’s daughters. The company still plans on building the $1.7 billion rolling aluminum mill near Ashland. President...

Bill Straub: Following the McConnell footsie game through Russia to an aluminum plant in Greenup

They don’t call him Moscow Mitch for nothing. Senate Republican Leader Mitch “Root-‘n-Branch’’ McConnell, of Louisville, has earned so many derogatory nicknames over the past few years that there are too many to list in a single column. Some, like Darth Vader and The Grim Reaper, he embraces with aplomb. But the one that gets under his skin is the aforementioned Moscow Mitch, duly earned...

Braidy Industries’ Bouchard confident Atlas mill on path to impacting Eastern Kentucky economy

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Braidy Industries CEO Craig Bouchard expressed confidence Tuesday that the company is in perfect position to open its $1.7 billion Atlas mill in northeastern Kentucky in 2021 – and it has done it faster than anybody expected. As of Tuesday, he said, $300 million has been raised and the majority of the capital needed is now in hand either in cash, binding commitments...

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 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 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...