ASHLAND, Ky. (KT) – Braidy Industries, Inc., has named a veteran of the steel industry to head its Braidy Atlas mill operations, the company announced Monday.
Tom Modrowski, who served as executive vice president of construction for Braidy Industries since 2017, will oversee mill completion and integrated aluminum sheet production.
Modrowski brings nearly 40 years of experience in aluminum and steel processing and has unique experience with greenfield construction in the steel industry.
“Tom’s expertise is ideal to lead Braidy Atlas to rapid automotive qualification with our OEM partners,” said Braidy CEO Craig Bouchard. “He is a proven contributor to our executive management team and has kept us on-track and on-budget in our ongoing construction.”
Modrowski has extensive leadership experience at leading steel, coating technology and merchandizing companies. As an employee of US Steel from 1985-1995, Modrowski managed a team that directed the design, installation, setup and subsequent management of Double Eagle, a producer of nearly 900,000 tons annually of exposed coated metal sheet product for the automotive industry.
As president of Electric Coating Technologies, he spearheaded the re-opening of its processing facility that was later acquired by Esmark Steel Group. He later served as President of Esmark Steel.
“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,” Modrowski said. “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.”
The Braidy Atlas mill, first state-of-the-art greenfield aluminum mill in over 30 years, will open with capacity of 300,000 tons per annum, producing series 3000, 5000 and 6000 aluminum sheet products, and the mill’s capacity is sold out for its first seven years of production.
With subsidiary NanoAL’s nanocrystalline metal alloy technology, Braidy Atlas’ goal is ultimately to produce cost-effective, lightweight aluminum sheet that is 20 percent stronger at the same cost of production.
The Braidy Atlas mill is expected to be fully operational by 2021, the company said.