CATLETTSBURG, Ky. — Infrastructure improvements at the planned home of Braidy Industries’ $1.3-million aluminum mill were on the agenda Tuesday at a Boyd County Fiscal Court meeting, including a new pump station and sewer line.
EastPark, the 1,000-acre industrial site at the junction of Boyd, Greenup and Carter Counties, needs some work to facilitate the Braidy plant scheduled to be built by 2020. Braidy Industries closed on a deal in mid-December to pay $993,578.26 for 204 acres of land on EastPark’s site B, located mostly in Boyd, and part of Greenup County.
The company said it will break ground on the mill in April.
Boyd Judge-Executive Steve Towler said some satellite companies are expressing interest in locating their businesses near Braidy, and the local governments involved must ensure the infrastructure can support them.
“As we develop our Braidy complex out at EastPark, there are a lot of things that are going to be happening in the next several months,” said Towler.
On Tuesday, the focus was on sewer and roads.
Boyd Economic Development Director Nickie Smith, who is also the chairwoman of Sanitation District No. 4, said a new pump station will be built on Site B. The sanitation district also plans to install a 12-inch sewer main that will run from EastPark to a manhole on Roberts Drive, or about 13 miles worth of line.
Smith said the district considered opting against the large-scale project, but it would’ve required upgrading nine pump stations and other work. “This was a cheaper, and quicker way to do it,” said Smith.