Braidy Industries Inc. selected SMS group and Ebner Industrieofenbau GmbH as equipment and furnace providers, respectively, for the company’s aluminum mill in Ashland, Ky. Braidy announced last year that it would invest $1.3 billion to construct the nation’s first greenfield aluminum rolling mill in over three decades. It will produce auto-body sheet aluminum, plate and ultrahigh-strength alloys for the aerospace industry. The facility is on schedule for first production in 2020.
The mill will open with a capacity of 370,000 tons per year, producing series 5000, 6000 and 7000 aluminum sheet and plate products. Braidy will also explore new scientific nano-crystalline technical advances capable of improving molten metal-based manufacturing.
The company also announced that Kiewit will be the engineering, procurement and construction contractor for the project.