Braidy Industries Inc., headquartered in Ashland, Kentucky, has named Thomas Modrowski president of Braidy Atlas, its subsidiary that has plans to build a $1.6 billion aluminum rolling mill in Ashland. It will be the first greenfield aluminum rolling mill built in the U.S. in 35 years, according to the company, and will help meet rapidly growing demand from the automotive and aerospace industries for lightweight exposed sheet aluminum and will assist efforts to rebuild Appalachia.
Braidy Industries is a manufacturer of metals for the global transportation and defense industries.
Modrowski, who has served as executive vice president of construction for Braidy Industries since June 2017, will head Braidy Atlas’ operations, overseeing mill completion and integrated aluminum sheet production, according to a news release from the company announcing his appointment. He brings nearly 40 years of experience in aluminum and steel processing and unique experience with greenfield construction in the steel industry,
Braidy Industries CEO Craig Bouchard says, “Tom’s expertise is ideal to lead Braidy Atlas to rapid automotive qualification with our OEM (original equipment manufacturer) partners. He is a proven contributor to our executive management team and has kept us on track and on budget in our ongoing construction.”
The Braidy Atlas mill will open with 300,000 tons per year of capacity, producing series 3000, 5000 and 6000 aluminum sheet products. The mill’s capacity is sold out for its first seven years of production, according to the news release. With its subsidiary Skokie, Illinois-based NanoAL’s nanocrystalline metal alloy technology, Braidy Atlas’ goal is to produce cost-effective, lightweight aluminum sheet that is 20 percent stronger at the same cost of production.
Regarding his expanded role, Modrowski says, “I am honored to step into the opportunity to shepherd the Braidy Atlas mill into its next phase as the nation’s leading low-cost producer of aluminum sheet for the automotive industry. I serve alongside an incredible team of co-invested managers working toward a common goal of quality customer service as we bring first-class advanced manufacturing to Appalachia.”
Modrowski has leadership experience at leading steel, coating technology and merchandizing companies. As an employee of U.S. Steel from 1985 to 1995, he managed a team that directed the design, installation, setup and subsequent management of Double Eagle, a producer of nearly 900,000 tons of exposed coated metal sheet product annually for the automotive industry. As president of Electric Coating Technologies, he spearheaded the reopening of its processing facility that was later acquired by Esmark Steel Group. He later served as president of Esmark Steel. Modrowski has served on the boards of Mountain State Carbon LLC, Wheeling Nisshin Inc., Ohio Coatings Co., Great Western Steel and Wheeling Specialty Processing.