Braidy site work

Vince Jones of S & M E geotechnical services drills boring holes on the future site of the Braidy Industries facility in East Park on Wednesday. KEVIN GOLDY | THE DAILY INDEPENDENT

Drilling in preparation for the construction of Braidy Industries' aluminum mill is now taking place at the EastPark Industrial Center.

Nathan Haney, senior vice president of government relations at Braidy Industries, said workers are driling/boring as part of long-term plans for foundational work.

"It will take about two weeks — very deep, all the way down to bedrock," Haney said. "Then they will be doing additional work to prep the work for main construction. We are talking about retention, silt fences, silt walls to help get it all started."

Braidy said in August it selected Kiewit as the company’s Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (“EPC”) contractor to construct the mill Braidy Atlas. Land compaction work is scheduled for this month. First production at the mill is expected to unfold in 2020. The company expects construction will bring with it some 1,500 construction jobs, many of which will be filled by residents from the region.

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