Highway Transport opens flagship center in Chicago
$11 million 17,730-square-foot flagship service center will serve as Midwest hub located on nearly 23 acres
Highway Transport has opened an $11 million flagship service center located in Chicago, Ill., and serving as a Midwest hub for its current and growing customers across the U.S. and Canada, the company said. The 17,730-square-foot service center, located on nearly 23 acres, doubles the size of the company’s previous leased facility in Joliet where it operated for two decades.
A family-owned business, Highway Transport provides bulk transportation of specialty chemicals. The company received the Responsible Care Partner of the Year Award in 2019, 2021 and 2022
The Chicago service center will continue to serve as a central hub for Highway Transport tanker trucks and professional tanker drivers as they transport chemicals for companies across the country. Located in Clarius Business Park in Channahon, Ill., the facility is one of more than 20 Highway Transport service centers that serve 49 states and Canada.
Employing on-site team members and professional truck drivers, the Chicago center is expected to add about 70 employees in the coming years, according to company officials.
“Team members and drivers located there will coordinate logistics, technology, cleaning processes and other critical operations on-site,’’ the company said in a press release.
The facility includes parking for tanker trucks from the company’s fleet of more than 465 trucks and 900-plus stainless-steel tanker trailers.
“The opening of the Chicago facility is one example of how Highway Transport is in “expansion mode,” and the company also is scheduled to receive 170 additional trailers and 52 more tractors this year, according to the press release.
“Our new chemical tanker-truck facility marks our commitment to both the greater Chicago area and to our customers and team members across the U.S.,” said Marshall Franklin, Highway Transport’s president and chief executive. “With the expanded Chicago service center, we are better positioned to serve many chemical companies in Illinois, the Midwest and beyond. This is an important investment for our company. We remain committed to providing award-winning safety and service to our customers, as well as the community, which is reflected by the environmental safety measures we took in expanding the facility and setting up our safety and cleaning protocols on-site.”
The company hosted a grand opening celebration at the new facility on June 22, welcoming area elected officials and community leaders, customers and business owners, vendors and partners to tour the Chicago Service Center.
The facility includes a maintenance shop, tank wash, multiple offices and a conference room. It also provides full amenities for Highway Transport drivers, including a break room to watch television and movies, Wi-Fi access, showers and more within the gated facility. The Chicago Service center project was led by Principle Construction and Partners in Design.
About Highway Transport
Highway Transport is a Knoxville, Tennessee-based company in business since 1948 providing bulk transportation of specialty chemicals. The tanker fleet operates from 20-plus service centers in major chemical manufacturing areas across the U.S. with a fleet of 465+ tanker trucks and over 900 stainless steel trailers. Highway Transport has service centers in the following U.S. markets: Knoxville, Chattanooga, and Kingsport TN; Chicago and Kankakee in Illinois; Detroit; Charlotte; Atlanta and McDonough, GA; Bridgeport, NJ; Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, PA; Cincinnati and Toledo, OH; Baton Rouge and Lake Charles, LA; Houston, Dallas, Freeport and Garland, TX. Discover more in-depth information about Highway Transport by visiting HighwayTransport.com.