Canon Inc., the imaging company, broke ground Monday on what is to be a 668,296,000-square-foot building at the southwest corner of Long Island Expressway South Service Road and Walt Whitman Road in Melville. About 150 people — including politicians, business leaders and Canon employees, turned out for the ceremony.

Gov David Paterson, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-New York), Rep. Steve Israel (D-Huntington), Huntington Supervisor Frank Petrone and Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy each spoke before the ground-breaking ceremony. Fujio Mitarai, chief executive of Canon Inc., came from Tokyo headquarters for the ceremony, and also addressed the audience, as did Joe Adachi, president and chief executive of Canon U.S.A., which is currently located in Lake Success.

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The Canon project is the largest construction projects on Long Island in decades. The building is to be completed in about 2 1/1 years.

Photo by Mario Gonzalez.

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