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A Kremlin-Linked Firm Invested Millions in Kentucky. Were They After More Than Money?

A Kremlin-Linked Firm Invested Millions in Kentucky. Were They After More Than Money?

Ashland, Kentucky aluminum plant built by Russians

Last summer, it looked like things were finally about to change for Ashland, Ky. For two decades, the jobs that once supported this Appalachian outpost of 20,000 people on a bend  in the Ohio River have been disappearing: 100 laid off from the  freight-rail maintenance shop; dozens pink-slipped at the oil refinery;  1,100 axed at the steel mill that looms over the landscape. Then, on June 1, 2018,  standing on a stage flanked by the state’s governor and business  leaders, Craig Bouchard, the CEO of Braidy Industries, pointed across a vast green field and described a vision as though he could already see it.

In the little-used park just off I-64, Braidy would build the largest aluminum mill constructed in the U.S. in nearly four decades. The $1.7 billion plant  would take aluminum slab and roll it into the material used in  everything from cars and planes to soda cans. It would employ 600  full-time workers earning twice the average salary in the region,  Bouchard said, and create 18,000 other jobs across the state. Gesturing  at the empty space around him, the CEO described an employee health  center, a technical lab, a day care and hundreds of employees walking  around “carrying iPads.” More than just making aluminum, the plant would  help “rebuild northeast Kentucky, and in fact all of Appalachia,”  Bouchard told the crowd.

TVNL Comment: Very worth a read to understand the Russians and Mitch McConnell, and how they interacted to threaten the security of the United States.

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