Visitors look at some of the historical tanks at the...

Visitors look at some of the historical tanks at the Museum of American Armor in Old Bethpage. Credit: Museum of American Armor

The contractors have been chosen to build the planned $2.5 million Museum of American Armor at the Old Bethpage Village Restoration.

Pratt Brothers Inc. of Bay Shore will break ground Sept. 30 for the 25,000-square-foot facility that will house a collection of World War II armor, including a Sherman tank, near the parking lot at the county park on Round Swamp Road, Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano said Wednesday.

Gencon Construction Corp. of Brookhaven is donating the labor to erect the building. The construction will be supervised by Blumenfeld Development Group, with Cameron Engineering and Gaddis Architects providing professional support.
The museum is scheduled to be completed in November.

“With a $1 million gift from Museum of American Armor founder Lawrence Kadish and a recently awarded New York State Economic Development Corporation grant of $1 million, we are creating a powerful public-private partnership that will strategically strengthen heritage tourism in Nassau County,” Mangano said in a statement.

Gencon president Joe Ainoris said his company is donating the labor to erect the steel structure to honor the men and women who have served our nation.

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