By MARK MAYNARD, Kentucky Today
ASHLAND, Ky. (KT) – Craig Bouchard has only to look outside the window of his downtown office in this northeastern Kentucky city for motivation.
Ashland is a shell of what it used to be. But if Bouchard has his way, that will change.
Bouchard, chairman and CEO of Braidy Industries, is leading an ambitious initiative to build a $1.3 billion state-of-the-art aluminum rolling mill in an area that hasn’t had positive economic news in almost 30 years. In less than two months, Braidy plans to break ground on a greenfield rolling mill that is named after one of Bouchard’s six children.
For people in the northeastern Kentucky area, news of hundreds of high-paying jobs has restored hope.
“We chose here because of these families,” Bouchard said. “We’re taking on that job and I think we’re going to succeed. These people have been pushed around long enough. I feel the weight of these 10,000 families on my shoulders every day. This crowd in Ashland, they’ll do it.”
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