Zekelman Industries CEO announces new partnership with Connexio

Launch of new company to revolutionize the modern era of modular building construction


WINDSOR, Ontario (October 8, 2015) — Company owners Barry Zekelman, Zekelman Industries Inc., and Dominic Amicone, Amico Affiliates, are proud to announce the launch of Connexio Building Systems Inc. Connexio was formed in partnership for the use of patented VectorBloc precision HSS connection systems to construct off-site construction buildings.

VectorBloc precision HSS connection systems are standardized, prequalified and pre-engineered “building blocks” that are available from multiple suppliers and assemble efficiently to create complete, operational buildings. The use of the VectorBloc system delivers a precisely fitting, higher-quality structure in less time than other construction options. The precision locating features of the VectorBloc chassis system provide for the highest attainable degree of completion in volumetric buildings.

Connexio is proud to be using VectorBloc products, which are 100% North American–made with the chassis plant co-located at Zekelman Industries’s Atlas Tube mill in Harrow, Ontario. Atlas Tube’s Harrow facility is the only facility in the world with the capability to convert steel coil into structural modular building chassis under one roof. Beyond the chassis themselves, the portfolio of VectorBloc’s modular building solutions extends to include comprehensive methods for manufacturing, hoisting and surveying building modules. This delivers efficiencies in each stage of the building construction process.

“The investment in capital and technical expertise on behalf of Zekelman Industries is a direct result of the benefits that HSS offer the building construction market in terms of user friendliness and efficiency,” stated Barry Zekelman, chairman and CEO of Zekelman Industries. “On behalf of the Zekelman Industries and VectorBloc partnership, we are grateful for the confidence shown by Connexio in the VectorBloc system.”

“Amico is thrilled to make this strategic investment towards revolutionizing vertical construction technology. As demands on sustainability, building quality, ‘value for money’ and expediting construction completion timelines accentuate, it is imperative that these new construction methodologies are perfected and implemented to ensure that the building industry meets these challenges,” commented Dominic Amicone, Amico’s CEO.

Amico Affiliates is a family-owned Canadian development company that is recognized for meeting clients’ needs by developing an in-depth understanding of project objectives, generating innovative approaches, assembling a top-flight team, and putting in mechanisms to facilitate and support a client-based approach to project management.

Over the past 28 years, Amico has earned a reputation for its distinctive competencies and its track record of quality and excellence in delivering projects on time and on budget. Amico brings significant expertise and experience in managing large, complex and highly visible projects with demonstrated acumen in issues management regarding neighborhood and community implications, legislative and regulatory requirements, and communication and relationship elements. Amico has established a strong presence in the institutional and public sectors with significant experience in health care, commercial and public infrastructure projects.

“The town is excited to welcome Connexio to establish their new business venture in Tecumseh (Oldcastle). The experience and ingenuity of Dominic Amicone and Barry Zekelman bring immediate integrity and anticipated success for this new company,” says Tecumseh Mayor Gary McNamara.

Connexio’s doors will officially open November 1, 2015, with its office located at 2155 Blackacre Drive in Tecumseh, Ontario.  A team of skilled tradespeople led by Greg Geml will construct finished buildings ready for delivery to site.

Contact: Jelani Rucker

About Zekelman Industries

Zekelman Industries includes the operating divisions of Atlas Tube, Picoma, Energex Tube, Sharon Tube and Wheatland Tube. It is the largest independent manufacturer of hollow structural sections (HSS) and steel pipe, and the top producer of electrical conduit and elbows, couplings and nipples in North America. Zekelman Industries delivers a broad range of pipe and tube solutions that build its customers’ success.

For more information, contact Zekelman Industries at 312.275.1600 or Or, visit

Follow Zekelman Industries on Twitter: @Zekelman_Ind

About Connexio Building Systems

For more information, contact Connexio Building Systems Inc. at 519.800.0010 or visit

Follow Amico on Twitter: @AmicoAffiliates

About VectorBloc

VectorBloc is a modular building system designed by Vector Praxis. Vector Praxis is a high-end, multi-material architectural fabrication company based in Toronto whose uniqueness lies in the extraordinary range of materials and project types that their team has successfully integrated, detailed and delivered.

Combined with experience managing projects with values to $15,000,000+, their unparalleled, multi-material, multi-process capability ensures timely design development and trouble-free production of challenging projects.

For more information about VectorBloc, contact Vector Praxis at 416.766.9018 or visit

Follow VectorBloc on Twitter: @VectorBloc

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