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

WINDSOR, Ontario (October 8, 2015) — Company owners Barry Zekelman, JMC Steel Group 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 JMC Steel Group’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 JMC Steel Group 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 JMC Steel Group. “On behalf of the JMC Steel Group 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,” said 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. 

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

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Jelani Rucker


About JMC Steel Group

JMC Steel Group 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 American. JMC Steel Group delivers a broad range of pipe and tube solutions that build its customers’ success.

For more information, contact JMC Steel Group at 312.275.1600 or Or, visit

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JMC Steel Group includes the operating divisions of Atlas Tube, Picoma and Wheatland Tube. We are the largest independent manufacturer of hollow structural sections (HSS) and steel pipe in North America and the top producer of electrical conduit and fittings in the United States. We deliver a broad range of pipe and tube solutions that build our customers’ success.

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