Braidy Industries adds 3 to executive management team


ASHLAND, Ky. (KT) — Braidy Industries, Inc. announced Wednesday the addition of three key executives that will be joining the company’s initiative to build an aluminum rolling mill at the East Park Industrial Center in northeastern Kentucky.


“We have added three more stars to the Braidy executive ranks,” said Chief Operating Officer Blaine Holt. “We continue to bring an unprecedented collection of skills to our mission of delivering quality metal products at the lowest cost to the mass transportation market in the North America, Europe and Asia. Our cost structure remains our driven blade of competitive advantage.”

Additions to the management team are:

·       Shane Schuler, aluminum sheet finishing manager. Schuler worked for Alcoa/Arconic from 1988 until 2018, with his last position being lead area manager-sheet finishing in the Arconic aluminum rolling mill in Davenport, Iowa. He managed a department of 42 salaried employees and 350 union employees.

·       Kris Derscha, automotive/aerospace quality systems manager. Derscha worked for Arconic in Davenport from 2010 until 2018, most recently as lead quality systems engineer, in which she was responsible for quality management systems information across the Davenport Works, Danville Operations, AAC-Hutchison, and San Antonio Works.

·       Miriam Shealy, vice-president of accounting. Shealy has 30 years of experience in corporate finance, control systems, organizational leadership, process improvements, accounting and financial reporting. Her last position was with the University of Maryland University College Europe.  Shealy is an expert in compliance with Sarbanes-Oxley requirements.

Gregg Whigham, Braidy plant general manger, said mill positions will begin being filled later this spring after groundbreaking. The company has had 5,500 job applications.

The Braidy Associates degree program at Ashland Community and Technical College was approved and certified last week, said Braidy CEO and Chairman Craig Bouchard, who thanked Dr. Jay Box, Dr. Kay Adkins and the KCTCS Board of Regents for its establishment.

The aluminum rolling mill is expected to bring 550 fulltime positions to the job-hungry Appalachian region. It is on schedule to open in 2020.

“I remain unbelievably confident in the Braidy team being assembled and in the community in which we are located,” Bouchard said. “We are one family.“


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