ASHLAND, Ky. — Braidy Industries President and CEO Craig Bouchard lauded his company’s new-look corporate headquarters as “one of the greatest offices in Kentucky.”
“This office was scraped clean. It literally had nothing on any wall 100 days ago,” Bouchard told The Daily Independent. “Now you see one of the greatest offices — this whole complex — in Kentucky, thanks to the incredible work done right here in Ashland.”
Braidy — which vows to build a $1.3-billion aluminum rolling mill on the Boyd-Greenup county line — unveiled its redesigned international HQ on Monday inside the Community Trust Bank Building in downtown Ashland.
The third floor includes 14 Braidy offices. The company is also leasing the floor above, which Bouchard said will include 25 offices. About 20 work in the headquarters now, but that number will rise to 65 in the coming months, Bouchard said.
The showcase was met with fanfare from local government officials and business owners. At least 150 crowded into the third-floor office space. They were served candied bacon and other appetizers, along with beer and wine. An ice sculpture of the Braidy Industries logo was placed in the main hallway, where many of the ceremonygoers lined up to meet the man in the corner office who pledged to provide 550 jobs in northeastern Kentucky.