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Aluminum Mill Kentucky

Braidy Industries Inc. CEO Craig Bouchard, right, and then-Republican Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin speak with reporters in Wurtland, Ky., on April 26, 2017. Braidy Industries still needs to raise $500 million to build a long-promised $1.7 billion aluminum plant in Appalachia, a top company executive told Kentucky lawmakers Tuesday, July 19, 2022.

ASHLAND — The parent company of Steel of West Virginia has announced plans to build and operate an aluminum mill in the southeastern U.S., after reaching a deal with the company that so far has failed to deliver on its promise to put the plant in Kentucky — even with financial backing from the state.

The announcement this week was the latest chapter in what has been a long, tortuous effort to build a new aluminum plant in a region struggling to create jobs, but officials in Kentucky aren’t ready to give up yet.

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