Eastern Kentucky aluminium firm Braidy Industries Inc. has moved one step closer to opening its new aluminium rolling mill with the appointment of several key personnel to the project.
Braidy named Brigadier General Blaine Holt, USAF (Ret.) the new COO, promoting him from executive vice president of Operations. Holt will manage operations, logistics, and conduct general oversight of the mill once operations on the site begin.
Stepping in as executive vice president of Business Development is Jaunique Sealey, and her duties will include responsibility for Business Development and Strategy, Investor Relations, Community and Government Relations, Corporate Communications, and Marketing.
General manager of the Braidy plant will be Gregg Whigham, most recently the plant operations manager at Arconic’s Global Rolled Automotive and Aerospace Aluminum Products Division’s Davenport facility. Also arriving from the same facility will be David Durci, the plant’s new operational readiness manager.
Braidy’s new vice president of R&D is Dr. Eric Dahlgren. He is vacating a post as co-founder and chief scientific officer of a metals technology firm begun by MIT, where he was a visiting professor. He earned his doctorate degree from Columbia University after penning a thesis that won 2014’s Grant Award.
Braidy Industries CEO Craig Bouchard greeted the appointments with enthusiasm, saying that many more announcements of this type are soon to follow.
“Braidy Industries is making progress at an unprecedented pace. We’re currently over 160 percent pre-sold for our mill capacity, and have closed our initial land parcel acquisition. Expect more news on the land acquisition front. Land in Eastern Kentucky is undervalued. We expect to break ground roughly one year from the date of our announcement in Greenup County. I credit this progress to the hard work and commitment of our talented team and the support of the community we are proud to call home in Eastern Kentucky. The spirit and camaraderie of what we are building has attracted the best and the brightest stars in our field. I am proud to welcome our new hires, congratulate Blaine and Jaunique on expansion of their roles and look forward to several more exciting announcements in the very near future.”
Braidy expects that construction at the site will commence in the spring, with an eye toward beginning production in 2020. The US$1.3-billion aluminium rolling mill is expected to have a production capacity of 300 thousand tons per annum.