The transformation in material sciences and advanced manufacturing was evidenced when Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin and Craig Bouchard, Chairman and CEO of Braidy Industries, Inc. announced that Braidy, in partnership with the State of Kentucky and the Ashland Alliance, will construct the nation´s first Greenfield aluminum rolling mill in over three decades, the company said.
The Braidy rolling mill seeks to become the nation´s low cost producer of high quality auto body sheet aluminum, plate and ultra-high strength alloys for the Aerospace industry. The mill will open with capacity of 370,000 tons per annum, producing series 5000, 6000, and 7000 aluminum sheet and plate products. Braidy is also exploring new scientific nano-crystaline technical advances capable of improving molten metal-based manufacturing.
Ground breaking at the 370 acre South Shore site will occur in the first quarter of 2018. Over USD 1.3bn will be spent on the mill located in Greenup County Kentucky, close to the city of Ashland. The mill will be 2.5m square feet under roof, with an ideal location on the great Ohio River, and already-permitted barge capacity. The CSX railroad runs through the property, and highway I-64 connects the mill site to some of the nation´s largest auto-making and aerospace customers. The State of Kentucky exports more than USD 10bn per year in aerospace products, ranking it second among all states in the US
Kentucky Power is partnering with Braidy in the provision of low cost energy. Both companies share a vision with Governor Matt Bevin and his Economic Development team led by Terry Gill of establishing Eastern Kentucky as the nation´s leader in advanced manufacturing excellence.