ASHLAND, W.Va. (WCHS/WVAH) — Local leaders are getting ready for a ribbon-cutting Friday on a facility that is expected to drive the eastern Kentucky area economy.
Braidy Industries is building an aluminum mill in the East Park Industrial Center. The ribbon cutting will take place at 1 p.m. with Governor Matt Bevin expected to be there.
The mill will be 45 acres under one roof, with some of the machines weighing more than 200 tons.
When finished, the mill will produce 300,000 tons of aluminum for the automotive and aerospace industries.
CEO Craig Bouchard said the company acquired three more properties in the industrial center to go along with the ten support companies located in the park and nearby locations, creating hundreds of jobs in the process.
Bouchard said this day is a legacy moment in the history of the company.
“It's a proud moment for Braidy Industries but for the people of northeast Kentucky,” Bouchard said. “What we like to say, is it's one family. This area has a tremendous skilled workforce. The entire three state area tremendous skilled workforce. That's why we came here.”
The mill is expected to take two years to finish.
Some Ashland streets will be closed Friday night for Braidy's one family celebration. From 5 p.m. to midnight, bands will be playing, including some well known entertainers like Naomi Judd and Tanya Tucker and the Bronson Arroyo Band. Arroyo is a former pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds.