ASHLAND, Ky. (KT) – Five new executives were appointed Wednesday by Braidy Industries, Inc., as the $1.6 billion Braidy Atlas rolling mill project draws closer.
Julio Ramirez has been named Chief Financial Officer and will report directly to CEO Craig Bouchard. Ramirez brings a wealth of experience to Braidy as a former founder, CEO and CFO of several Fortune 500 companies. Ramirez also served as an audit partner at KPMG for 15 years, and was a U.S. Army Captain.
At Veloxint, a subsidiary of Braidy, Maj. Gen. Kevin McNeely (Ret.) joins as Chief Operations Officer. McNeely brings over two decades of experience in government, personnel management and policy and process development, as well as 38 years of military service to the position.
Dr. Phoebe Kwan is assuming the role of Chief Commercial Officer at Veloxint and Dr. Judson "Jud" Marte as Vice President of Product Development, John Gaspervich joins Veloxint as Executive Vice President of Manufacturing.
“A company is only as good as its people and its community. We are only as great as our culture,” Bouchard said. “To lead the rebuild of Appalachia is a challenge and a true responsibility. We will succeed because great people want to join us and make a difference.”
Braidy hired a contractor to begin building the Braidy Atlas plant, with dirt expected to be turned this week on the 1.8 million-square-foot facility that willl rise from more than 240 acres in the EastPark Industrial Center near Ashland.
As scheduled to open in the second quarter of 2020, the mill’s production capacity could reach 300,000 tons of aluminum alloy sheet and plate a year, mainly for the automotive industry. Opportunities for future production expansion exist, as well as plans to supply the aerospace and defense industries. The company is already sold out for its first seven years, said Bouchard.