President’s Corner

May 24, 2019

Highlight Motor Group Opening Brand New Facility in Chicago, Illinois!

We could not be more proud to announce that our new location will be opening May 28, 2019. Our new facility, located in Chicago (Aurora), Illinois, is not only in the transportation and communication hub of the nation but also in the world’s largest inland port of entry for intermodal traffic. Boasting over 100,000 square feet of warehousing space and 15 loading docks, this is an excellent location for consolidating California, Chicago and New York freight with daily departures to and from Toronto, Montreal and all other Canadian destinations.

We will be engaging in a partnership with Import Logistics, a long standing business encompassing the skills required to manage warehousing, container destuffing as well cross border supply chain and all other logistics solutions.

This new Illinois location will complement our current offices in Concord, Ontario, Parsippany, New Jersey and Santa Fe Springs, California. This is another step forward in our continued growth strategy to provide our valued customers with complete coverage and best in class service!

Kirk Kalinitchenko
Founder, President and CEO
Highlight Group of Companies


May 10, 2019

Forty brand new, 2020 Kenworth T680 trucks hit the road today

In February, we were thrilled to tell you about our tour of the Chillicothe, Ohio Kenworth assembly plant. I still have to say the highlight of our tour was seeing our very own Kenworth T680 trucks moving along the assembly conveyor. Remembering the sound of the engine starting up for the very first time still puts a smile on my face.

Today my smile is even bigger. I get to announce that 40 brand new, 2020 Kenworth T680 trucks hit the road and our drivers are behind the steering wheels of the safest, most luxurious and comfortable trucks in the market. All because of the communication and feedback our drivers provide us with. We’re not only investing in our equipment, we’re investing in our drivers.

Kirk Kalinitchenko
Founder, President and CEO
Highlight Group of Companies


April 17, 2019

HIGHLIGHT MOTOR GROUP AWARDED 2019 TOP FLEET EMPLOYER

All of us at Highlight are very excited to receive this award. This shows how much we care about our employees and how much effort everyone puts into making Highlight a great place to work. We continue to offer our team ongoing training, best-in-class pay packages and top-of-the-line equipment because at the end of the day, we understand that having happy employees translates into happy customers.

This is the first year we have been named a Top Fleet Employer but as we continue to grow, we will continue to support our staff and treat them all as if they are a member of our family. We are one of Canada’s Fastest Growing Companies 3 years in a row and this is because of our great team.

There are no signs of slowing down at Highlight Motor Group but no matter how much we grow, we will always listen to the needs of our team, show them respect, acknowledge their hard work and reward a job well done. Thank you to our entire team – we could not have received this award without you!

Kirk Kalinitchenko
Founder, President and CEO
Highlight Group of Companies


February 22, 2019

We go the extra mile to keep our drivers happy!

Myself along with Service Fleet Manager, Oleg Belchuk toured the Chillicothe, Ohio Kenworth assembly plant to see the new 2020 Kenworth T-680 models being built. The Kenworth management team lead us through the entire assembly plant, providing us with the opportunity to see all of the impressive new technology and equipment being used. The highlight of our trip came when we saw our very own trucks moving along the assembly conveyor! Not only were we able to inspect the inside of the truck for comfort and quality of workmanship, we had the honour of starting up the engine for the very first time!

Encouraging our drivers to communicate with us and really taking their feedback into consideration is one of the main reasons our company is successful. It’s also the reason we are customizing the orders of our new trucks. It’s so important to us to make sure our drivers operate the safest, most luxurious and comfortable trucks available in the market!

Kirk Kalinitchenko
Founder, President and CEO
Highlight Group of Companies


February 13, 2019

Giving to a good cause!

Recently myself along with Vice-Presidents, Bob Cascagnette and Yury Eskin, delivered a $5,000 donation to the SickKids Foundation. These funds will be put towards the SickKidsVS campaign to build a new SickKids hospital. We wanted to support this great cause and told all Highlight personnel we would match the amount they were able to generate during our company Christmas party. We’re very proud of our employees for their participation and for donating so generously. Highlight is extremely happy to continue to support SickKids and have set a goal to double our donation in the upcoming year!

Kirk Kalinitchenko
Founder, President and CEO
Highlight Group of Companies


February 12

January 25, 2019

At Highlight Motor Group we work hard and celebrate our success that follows!

Our annual Christmas party, held Dec 15, 2018 at the National Event Venue in North York, Ontario was a huge success! Over 650 guests were entertained with live performances including a fire show, acrobatics and dancing performers. We had over 200 giveaway prizes of electronics and one lucky HMG driver was the grand prize winner of an all inclusive 7 day trip to Mexico! To see more photos, visit our Gallery!

Kirk Kalinitchenko
Founder, President and CEO
Highlight Group of Companies


October 23, 2018

I really can’t believe 2018 is coming to an end. It went by at lightning speed but that didn’t keep us from accomplishing many amazing things along the way.

We ranked #11 in the fastest growing Canadian transportation companies in 2018, receiving the Growth 500 award across all industries for the third consecutive year. To me, that speaks volumes about the consistency and quality we create together as the Highlight Motor Group team.

One year after opening our Los Angeles operation we were able to expand our presence there opening a new terminal in August of 2018. We provide our full suite of services and focus on connecting California and Canadian markets. It’s one more step to even greater things to come.

We launched our driver school in 2018 and are working closely with the best institutions to bring new, well trained drivers into the workforce. We are not sitting back and crying about how hard it is to find great drivers. We are creating solutions that will greatly benefit our continued growth as a company.

On a lighter note, having your company “go to the dogs” can be a good thing. That’s right, we are a pet-friendly transportation company. Our drivers can bring their canine friends on the road and even into our drivers’ lounges at our various terminals. Pets make a great companion. We encourage that companionship and want Highlight Motor Group to be known as a company that understands and cares about keeping our driving force happy and healthy.

The Holiday season is a great time to step back and truly appreciate your family and friends. I want you to know that Highlight Motor Group is also here as part of your extended family. Together we have built a fantastic company and I look forward to working with you all to make 2019 another banner year!

Happy Holidays Everyone!

Kirk Kalinitchenko
Founder, President and CEO
Highlight Group of Companies


December 21, 2017

The celebration of our 10 year anniversary is behind us as we look to 2018 and another fantastic year for Highlight Motor Group. We’ve accomplished so much during this time and that is a testament to our staff, driving force and most of all our valued customers. These all play a critical part in our success story.

In 2017, we expanded our operation to California and for the second consecutive year, recognized as one of Canada’s Fastest Growing Companies. We continued to upgrade our equipment throughout 2017 and put the technology in place to be ELD Compliant for the December 18, 2017 deadline.

Our team is growing too and we are now over 200 people strong across our Canada/USA service area. Along with being ELD Compliant, that same technology will give us a wealth of new information to create greater efficiencies and partner even closer with our customers, improving KPIs across the board.

This holiday season is a time to enjoy friends and family and set our goals for the New Year. Thank you one and all for your hard work, professionalism and loyalty. Because of you, our company will flourish and take further steps on our journey for continuous improvement and success in 2018!

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Kirk Kalinitchenko
Founder, President and CEO
Highlight Group of Companies


July 4, 2017

As we ramp up for the last half of 2017, I am very excited to announce that on July 5, 2017 our new facility in Los Angeles, California will be open for business. We’ve put a lot of planning into this new venture and I believe it will be a game changer for our company.

We have an experienced team in place at our Los Angeles location with decades of experience in dispatch, sales and cross-dock operations. We will be offering LTL and Truckload service with daily departures within the U.S. and to and from all our service points in Canada. Our ability to consolidate our customers’ LTL shipments more effectively allows us to operate leaner and pass that savings on to our valued customers. Service times are also improved with Highlight’s new California service.

We will be promoting this new offering through a digital marketing strategy. We have access to a large shipper audience with high demands to connect Canada and California markets. Our modern van and reefer equipment meet the stringent EPA requirements and we are all systems go to become an LTL and Truckload leader to and from California.

As we continue to celebrate our 10th anniversary (2007-2017) there will be more growth and innovation. Thank you to all our loyal customers, suppliers and our Highlight Team for helping make 2017 a resounding success!

Sincerely yours,

Kirk Kalinitchenko
Founder, President and CEO
Highlight Group of Companies


February 1, 2017

I am anticipating another outstanding year for Highlight in 2017. We built great momentum in 2016, growing by 28% and Profit Magazine named us as one of Canada’s Fastest Growing Companies. We ranked 7th overall in the transportation sector and are very pleased to receive this recognition for our company’s efforts.

I would like to thank our customers, suppliers and our Highlight Team for making this achievement possible and invite you all to help us celebrate our 10th year anniversary (2007-2017). We will continue to improve processes and overall performance by measuring and managing the KPIs that are critical to your growth and success.

We launched our website in 2016 and will continue to market our company aggressively through online methods, promotions, trailer wraps and face-to-face presentations by our sales force.

As always, we will continue to work diligently to serve you, our valued customers, and deliver our very best effort with every shipment placed in our care. By the skid or by the truckload, you can count on each member of our team to deliver “Highlight Quality Service” throughout Canada and the USA.

Sincerely yours,

Kirk Kalinitchenko
Founder, President and CEO
Highlight Group of Companies


January 1, 2016

Thanks to everyone involved, who help me achieve my dream to build a new wave of transportation "in style" that reflects everything I believe in, has become a reality. I would personally like to thank our customers, suppliers and the entire Highlight Team for helping make that possible. Last year was a banner year for us and will serve as a foundation for further growth this year and for many years to come.

Our recent expansion in Concord, ON has come together nicely, providing a great work environment for our people and lots of room for expansion. We have been fortunate to have grown our business by 40% per year for the last 5 years and we will continue to grow to serve the needs of our customers. We’ve recently introduced a new tridem service in Canada and our expedited tailgate service to the eastern seaboard has received a great response from our customers. Our fleet has grown by 100 power units, proudly flying our bold Highlight colours. We have launched our website and though it took some time to come together, we hope you find the approach to our online presence entertaining and informative.

We work hard and take great pride in every aspect of our company. We have become a leader in LTL and Truckload service and offer a host of value added offerings to better serve our customers. As we approach our 10 Year Service Anniversary, I would like to take this time to thank you all once more. Your ongoing support is truly appreciated.

Sincerely yours,

Kirk Kalinitchenko
Founder, President and CEO
Highlight Group of Companies

KIRK KALINITCHENKO, Founder, President and CEO, Highlight Group of Companies
" I am extremely proud of the dedicated team behind the Highlight Motor Group name and the many accomplishments we’ve achieved together. There is no stopping us now! "