Kentucky Today

By MARK MAYNARD, Kentucky Today

ASHLAND, Ky. (KT) – House Democratic Floor Leader Rocky Adkins said even when northeastern Kentucky was experiencing frustrating economic years, lawmakers on both the state and local levels never stopped laying groundwork for the future.

EastPark Industrial Park was built near Interstate 64 along with a $50 million community technical college. Some critics, Adkins said, questioned the wisdom of the investment.

“Now,” he said, “EastPark’s dreams are coming true.”

Braidy Industries, which plans to build a $1.3 billion aluminum rolling mill that’s scheduled to be up and running in 2020, was the final piece of the puzzle.

The groundwork that had been laid in decades past is what made the region attractive to  Braidy Industries Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Craig Bouchard to make a long-term investment. Braidy’s corporate headquarters are in downtown Ashland, and Bouchard says that’s where they are staying.