ASHLAND, Ky. (KT) – Another step has been taken toward the Braidy Atlas LLC $1.6 billion state-of-the-art aluminum rolling mill becoming a reality.
Industrial Project Innovation, LLC, will serve as construction manager for the Braidy Atlas LLC mill in Ashland, the company announced Monday.
Working as part of Braidy Industries' management team, IPI's role will include program planning, construction management, project cost and schedule control, among other leadership responsibilities.
"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," said Russ Braasch, owner and operations manager for IPI. "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."
Braidy Atlas will be the first Greenfield aluminum rolling mill built in the U.S. in 35 years. The facility will help meet the rapidly growing demand from automotive and aerospace industries for lightweight exposed sheet aluminum and will assist efforts to rebuild Appalachia.
Braidy Atlas broke ground on its fully integrated aluminum rolling mill in eastern Kentucky in June 2018 and expects its completion in 2020. The mill will be 2.5 million square feet under roof and create more than 1,000 construction jobs. The property is near I-64 to connect the mill site to some of the nation's largest auto-making and aerospace customers.
Once complete, Braidy Industries says it will have significant competitive advantages as the lowest cost producer of high-quality aluminum sheet and plate for the automotive industry, and ultra-high strength alloys for the aerospace industry. It will have a workforce of more than 600 at the plant with jobs averaging around $70,000 annually.
"Braidy looks forward to working with our close friends and experts at IPI, who have strong aluminum rolling mill experience developed over many decades," said Braidy Industries Executive Vice President of Construction, Tom Modrowski. "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."
Last week, EastPark, the1,000-acre industrial site where the mill will be built, received a $4 million Abandoned Mine Lands Pilot Grant for preparation work at the site for the Braidy plant. The grant was awarded by the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet’s Division of Abandoned Mine Lands as part of the 2017 pilot program to revitalize the coalfields in Kentucky’s Appalachian region.
The project will involve installing a grid of aggregate and concrete support piers and columns on a 300-acre site that will support the weight of the mill.