ASHLAND, Ky. — A report assessing Braidy Industries’ estimated economic impact on the Commonwealth of Kentucky was released by Dr. James V. Koch, board of visitors professor emeritus of economics and president emeritus of Old Dominion University.
Dr. Koch and his team modeled the regional effects produced by the introduction of Braidy Atlas into the economy, from construction through the first year of production in 2021, and found that Braidy will catalyze $2.8 billion in economic growth in Kentucky and $1.54 billion within the six-county Eastern Kentucky region.
The report also details 1,500 construction jobs and 650 new permanent, advanced manufacturing jobs, creating approximately 3,600 additional jobs in the surrounding communities. Dr. Koch stated, “Braidy is delivering on its vision to revitalize Appalachia through the production of low-carbon, high-quality aluminum.”
Utilizing the U.S. Department of Commerce’s RIMS-II economic impact model, the study forecasts substantial economic prosperity generated by Braidy through 2021, including:
- Braidy will offset the traditionally high costs of production and operation by harnessing the advantages of greenfield construction and technological advancements associated with state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment.
- With 13 automotive OEMs based within 250 miles of Braidy’s headquarters and immediate access to major rail, highway and the Ohio River, Braidy can significantly reduce its logistical costs.
- Braidy will capitalize on the robust reservoir of experienced, compatible and skilled labor in the local region, that has been displaced by economic changes that have led to the decline in the coal mining industry and steel industries.
- Braidy will contribute 3.7 percent of the gross regional product of the Huntington-Ashland metropolitan statistical area.
- The Commonwealth of Kentucky, outside of the six-county Eastern Kentucky region, will receive in excess of 70 percent of the economic impact associated with Braidy’s planning and construction activities.
“The findings of this study reinforce Braidy’s vision to not only be a disruptor in materials science and sustainable manufacturing the short term, but more importantly drive prosperity in Eastern Kentucky and the Commonwealth for generations,” said Braidy Industries CEO and Chairman Craig Bouchard. “The direct and indirect economic benefits created by Braidy will help rebuild Appalachia as we spearhead a shift in the metals industry toward low-carbon, high-value, low-cost aluminum.”
“Braidy has already supercharged the economy of Eastern Kentucky and soon it will be a major economic engine for all of Kentucky,” said Dr. Koch. “Braidy is easily one of the most important economic developments in Eastern Kentucky in the past three decades and when fully developed, it will rank at the very top of that list in Kentucky.”
Dr. Koch currently serves as the Board of Visitors Professor Emeritus of Economics and President Emeritus of Old Dominion University. He has completed nearly 50 economic impact studies, in addition to authoring 12 books, 120 journal articles and features in top-tier publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post.