Ken Taylor, the owner of Ohio CAT, coined the phrase the big push where he will match the next $500,000 donated towards the construction of the new Museum.
|Pictured: Ken Taylor, the owner of Ohio CAT, is seated at the controls of the museums' newly acquired Caterpillar D9G, donated by Gary Mahan of Basking Ridge, NJ.||Pictured: The HCEA's National Construction Equipment Museum grounds in Bowling Green, Ohio. Eighty acres of show grounds, museum, and archives facilities.|
As many people know, the National Construction Equipment Museum is out of room! Yes, we have 80 acres, but we are out of proper shelter for machines that need to be indoors. Many of our over 170 pieces of antique construction equipment should be kept under shelter, and our existing building is jammed full.
To remedy this, we are in the final phases of raising funds for a new building, This new structure will be a 20,000 square foot, purpose-built museum with the main hall for large machines such as cranes, shovels, and dump trucks to be set up in a manner where they appear ready to work. It will include new office space and an upgraded archives facility, while the current office and archives building will be converted into a meeting and learning center. This new museum will also be built ready for expansion to accommodate smaller machines.
Along with the many donations from individuals and corporations, we are close to breaking ground on this new museum. Ken Taylor, owner of Ohio CAT, has pledged to match the next $500,000 donated to the construction of this new museum. Breaking ground of the new Museum is planned for 2022.