Braidy Industries announced this week the appointment of Industrial Project Innovation, LLC as construction manager of its US$1.6-billion Braidy Atlas LLC aluminium rolling mill project in Ashland, Kentucky.
Braidy indicates that IPI’s role will consist of several duties, including program planning, construction management, project cost, and schedule control for the project, which will be the United States’ first greenfield aluminium rolling mill to be built in over three decades.
Russ Braasch, owner and operations manager for IPI, expressed his firm’s delight at being picked for the project.
“We are honored Braidy Industries chose us to work with them on the management of such a significant project that will have an enormous positive economic impact on eastern Kentucky. Bringing our unique experience to every stage of industrial planning will help enable Braidy Industries to become the leading high-quality, low-cost producer in the aluminum sector with one of the most advanced rolling mills in the world.”
The rolling mill will make an immediate impact upon Braidy’s competitiveness, as the firm says the plant will make it the lowest-cost producer of high-quality aluminium sheet and plate for the automotive industry. In addition, the plant, which will have a workforce of around 600 individuals, will produce ultra-high strength alloys for aerospace applications.
Braidy Industries Executive Vice President of Construction Tom Modrowski said that the partnership is a boon for both his company and the local economy.
“Braidy looks forward to working with our close friends and experts at IPI, who have strong aluminum rolling mill experience developed over many decades. By partnering with IPI, we are taking proactive steps towards meeting our construction projections as we deliver on our promise to revitalize the communities of Greenup and Boyd counties.”
The appointment of IPI comes just days after the industrial park within which the aluminium rolling mill will be built received a US$$4 million Abandoned Mine Lands Pilot Grant for use in prepping the site prior to construction. The grant is from a state program dedicated to rehabilitating abandoned coal fields in rural Kentucky.