Eastern Kentucky aluminium firm Braidy Industries Inc. updated residents of the Kentucky town in which it is building a new aluminium rolling mill that the firm expects the first shovel of dirt to be turned on the project in the coming spring.
While addressing the Ashland Breakfast Kiwanis Club on Tuesday, senior vice president of government relations Nathan Haney said construction plans for the plant at the EastPark Industrial Center continue to proceed according to schedule.
“We are still on track to break ground in the next couple of months,” he explained.
“We are really shooting hard for April.”
Once completed, the plant will manufacture a variety of aluminium alloys and 92”-wide aluminium coil. Braidy indicates that it will turn out 200 thousand tons of 6xxx auto body sheet, 100 thousand tons of 5xxx aluminium alloy sheet, and 70 thousand tons of 7xxx aerospace aluminium alloy per year.
Haney continued by explaining that the first two phases of the construction process are expected to take up to two years, and will engage the services of up to 1,800 workers for between 5 and 6 days a week. All in, Haney expects the plant will require three years to complete.
“Our facility will be 40 acres under roof. It is a very, very big space.
“Phase 1 and phase 2 will be a 30-month process. Our project will add $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.”
Haney concluded by saying that the company is looking forward to beginning the construction process.
“Everyone is excited and we are doubly excited about what we think will be tremendous and needed product and also a great business,” he said.