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Braidy Industries Spring groundbreaking still on track

Metal News - Published on Tue, 20 Feb 2018

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Daily Independent reported that Braidy Industries is making significant progress on its massive aluminum rolling mill and continues to pursue a Spring groundbreaking on the facility at EastPark Industrial Center, a company vice president said Tuesday.

Mr Nathan Haney, senior vice president of government relations at Braidy, in remarks made to Ashland's Breakfast Kiwanis Club said that "We are still on track to break ground in the next couple of months.”

Mr Haney said that "We are really shooting hard for April."

The company plans to produce lighter and stronger aluminum alloys. Braidy says on its website it will "serve the aluminum needs of the transportation industry for decades into the future" and will "be at the forefront of aluminum materials science in the 21st Century."

The company said it will manufacture an array of aluminum auto sheets as well as a 92-inch width coil. The company's plan for annual production includes 200,000 tons of series 6000 auto body sheet, 100,000 tons of series 5000 sheet and 70,000 tons of series 7000 aerospace plate, according to its website.

Haney outlined for the Kiwanis Club what amounts to a massive construction project to build the manufacturing facility. The first two phases will take more than two years to complete.

Mr Haney said that "Our facility will be 40 acres under roof." Mr Haney added that "It is a very, very big space."

Mr Haney said that "Phase 1 and phase 2 will be a 30-month process." He added that "Our project will add USD 1 million a day starting from groundbreak to finish. It's hard to fathom spending and (or) adding a million dollars to the project every single day for 30 months. It's a lot of money. It's a lot of people."

Mr Haney said that in addition to the 550 full-time jobs, the project will encompass "1,000 to 1,800 construction workers for approximately 3 years, 5 or 6 days a week at the EastPark site."

Mr Haney said that company is particularly proud of its downtown Ashland headquarters located in the Community Trust Bank building. There are some 20 employees working actively for Braidy now, many who have bought homes in the area. Three employees have prior, significant experience at a competitor known as Arconic. That advanced materials manufacturer is based in New York.

Mr Haney said it is an exciting time for both Braidy executives and residents of the region.

Mr Haney said that "Everyone is excited and we are doubly excited about what we think will be tremendous and needed product and also a great business.”

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Posted By : Amom Remju on Tue, 20 Feb 2018
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