Ohio company to wall for national museum

CLEVELAND (AP) — A northeast Ohio company has been chosen as part of the team constructing the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington.

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio says Northstar Contracting Inc. in Cleveland has been awarded a $41 million contract to construct a curtain wall exterior for the museum. The company says on its website that the bronze and glass-panel facade will hang from the top of the museum with no intermediate support.

The museum documenting African-American life, art, history and culture is scheduled to open in 2016. It will include collections covering slavery, post-Civil-War reconstruction and the civil rights movement.

Brown says the exterior will largely be constructed and assembled in Cleveland before being shipped to Washington and mounted on the museum.

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