Supplying the commercial industry with striking facade systems,
Elemex Inc. looks south of the border for growth
WHEN THE CANADA Science and Technology Museum reopens this fall in Ottawa after three years of renovations, it will feature a healthy component of London content. The sleek, angular exterior will be clad with a ceramic product from Elemex Inc., which uses a process at its Admiral Drive factory that would fit in very nicely as an exhibit at the rejuvenated museum.
It’s not necessary to travel that far to see Elemex (www.elemex.com) projects, however. The company’s new-age cladding has been used in projects at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Fanshawe College, the London Roundhouse, the downtown Century Building and on the company’s own 34,000-square-foot facility, which opened in January, 2016.
“Our new technology allows us to do complex shapes and interesting designs,” says Jim Gross, the Chicago-based sales and marketing director who joined the company two years ago. His arrival was one part of a strategy to dramatically expand the sales reach of the company, which for many years had been successful focusing primarily on projects in Ontario alone.
Elemex is part of an integrated collection of companies owned by twin brothers Phil and Bob Macdonald. Their father, John, created J.A. Macdonald Ltd. in 1963. It continues operating today, installing ceiling and wall systems, both interior and exterior. A quarter century later, the family founded Ontario Panelization, which supplies and installs a variety of exterior veneers for businesses and public buildings. It clad the iconic 3M building on Tartan Drive with granite slabs, among many other projects…
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Article by Christopher Clark
Photo Credit: Steve Martin