Photo: Office of Governor Matt Bevin
On Friday, June 1, 2018, a ground breaking was held for the $1.5 billion, 600-job Braidy Industries aluminum rolling mill near Ashland. The groundbreaking comes two and a half years after AK Steel laid off more than 600 workers from its Ashland Works plant. The 1.8 million square-foot facility will rise from more than 240 acres in the EastPark industrial center near Ashland. Braidy Industries CEO and board chairman Craig Bouchard said the goal is to rebuild Appalachia with technology and creating a winning culture. The mill is scheduled to open in 2020, with the production capacity reaching 300,000 tons of aluminum alloy sheet and plate a year, mainly for the automotive industry. Employees at the new facility will earn an average salary of about $70,000 a year. The company plans to provide low-cost healthy meals, a day care, fitness center, and other amenities to create an employee-friendly workplace.