Braidy Industries Groundbreaking

Governor Matt Bevin, Braidy Bouchard, and Craig Bouchard, CEO Braidy Industries take part the groundbreaking earlier this summer at East Park. KEVIN GOLDY | THE DAILY INDEPENDENT

Braidy Industries has selected a contractor for construction of its aluminum mill, which has been named Braidy Atlas.

Braidy said in a press release Thursday it selected Kiewit as the company’s Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (“EPC”) contractor. The release identifies the mill publicly for the first time as Braidy Atlas.

Braidy also provided more new information to The Daily Independent on Thursday about a construction schedule, saying land compaction will begin roughly September 4th, 2018, at EastPark Industrial Center “following approval and receipt of a local storm drain-related permit at EastPark.”

A press release from the company said SMS Group and EBNER Industrieofenbau GmbH Construction were also selected as equipment and furnace providers. The release said first production at the mill will unfold in 2020. Asked about whether the contractors plan to hire local workers, Braidy said in an email to the newspaper:

“Kiewit will be responsible for hiring the construction workers. We anticipate approximately 1,500 construction jobs. The majority of these hires are expected to be residents of Northeast Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia. Mark Johnson, of the Tri-State Building & Construction Trades Council, has been instrumental in identifying qualified local candidates.”

Braidy Industries is a manufacturer of stronger and lighter alloys for the global transportation and defense industries. The project in the Ashland area is expected to create approximately 600 jobs once construction is complete.

A press release from the company on the hiring of Kiewit states:

“We are excited to have been chosen by Braidy Industries and look forward to designing and building this important project,” said Tom Shelby, executive vice president of Kiewit Corporation. “We believe our strong safety and performance track record, as well as our extensive experience as an EPC contractor will help ensure the overall success of this landmark aluminum mill.”

Braidy Industries and Kiewit reached an agreement to negotiate a full turnkey EPC contract reflecting Kiewit’s capabilities as one of the largest construction and engineering organizations in North America. The company offers services in a variety of markets, including transportation; oil, gas and chemical; power and water/wastewater.

Michael Schäfer, senior vice president of SMS, a world-recognized leader in rolling mill equipment with over 100 years of experience, said, “The SMS group is excited to help Braidy Industries set the standard for quality and efficiency in lightweight auto sheet production with this new world class facility located in the State of Kentucky.”

The release also contains a quote from Braidy Industries Chief Executive Officer Craig Bouchard, who said:

“I’d like to thank our partners, Kiewit, SMS and EBNER for contributing their technology and expertise to our mission of rebuilding Appalachia,” Bouchard said. “We could not have imagined a better team.”


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