Built on Culture
The K.A. Group was originally formed out of the necessity to provide organization to the merger between K-Tec and Ashland. However, in this process, we have discovered that together we are so much more. As the K.A. Group, we share a common goal and purpose. Our mission is to unite our family as the global provider of innovative solutions to transform landscapes. This unity comes through creating an organization that focuses on our culture.
Built on the pillars of a family-first mentality, a passion for social responsibility and working toward environmental sustainability; we believe that the K.A. Group will change our world for the better. These pillars are fully realized as we focus on our values of building trust through transparency, creating an enjoyable atmosphere with humour, and emphasizing positivity through infinite thinking. It is our desire that every person that comes in contact with the K.A. Group experiences how we are shaping our world for a better tomorrow.
In our pursuit of Shaping our World for a better tomorrow, we’ve had the opportunity to create connections, build strong relationships, and change lives. Explore our stories to hear more from our people, our vendors, our customers and others connected to the K.A. Group Family.
From invention to production, we provide careers to a wide variety of highly talented individuals in various fields. Together, we are a part of the K.A. Group, working toward our vision of shaping our world for a better tomorrow.Careers
K.A. Group’s vision for “shaping our world for a better tomorrow” sets our direction on environmental sustainability. Our factories run on renewable hydroelectric energy. Our complete recycling program diverts paper, steel, wood, and electronic waste from landfills. K.A. Group is on the road to Net Zero. But it goes further than that; The products we manufacture can shrink the carbon footprint by up to 2.5 Times compared to traditional earthmoving equipment. Furthermore, scraper life cycle management calculates that our scrapers are recyclable to an impressive 97% by weight.
As the K.A. Group, we are determined to develop products that improve the agriculture, construction and mining sectors. Our line-up of world-class brands is continuously innovating in these industries to provide earthmoving solutions for everyone.
on heavy construction bulk excavation projects around the globe,
K-Tec machines are built tough to handle the biggest earthmoving jobs. Boasting the largest capacity and best loading efficiency, K-Tec is continuously reinventing earthmoving.
Born in agriculture with over 70 years of earthmoving machine manufacturing experience, Ashland has a strong heritage in the industry. From small landscaping projects to field and farm jobs, and up to construction earthmoving sites, Ashland’s pull pan scrapers will do more for you.Learn More
President & CEO
Mike Palitsky's sound business acumen and personability have propelled K.A. Group to new levels of growth. Mike has an innate ability to get the best out of people and motivate the team around him. With a driven purpose and through town hall events, Mike has created a family culture in the organization where we know our employees by name. This supports dedication and commitment to the company's long-term growth while building a better planet.
Mike is a CPA and holds a BComm Finance & Accounting degree from the University of Manitoba. Mike joined K.A. Group in 2013 with a focus on finance and was previously promoted from the organization's CFO position to become the President & CEO of the organization in 2019.
Chief Business Development Officer
Kelly Goossen's knowledge of the earthmoving industry is a critical asset for K.A. Group to continually listen to the voice of the customer. Kelly leads the business development, sales, and service efforts encompassing the external facing aspects of K.A. Group. Customer service is the top external business priority of K.A. Group.
Kelly is a dedicated and loyal employee who started as a forklift driver at K-Tec over 20 years ago and his passion for the business elevated him to higher achievements where he navigated his career into a leadership role. Kelly's vision for growth is evident in his creative ideas to expand into new business markets to provide ongoing solutions for the success of current and future customers.
Chief Operating Officer
Mathew Klassen is a motivated and experienced manufacturing planner who optimizes factory efficiencies for the K.A. Group. Mat’s passion for coaching and teamwork sets the direction and vision for every facility leader to accomplish their goals. This passion empowers, motivates and builds the foundation of the strong family culture that exists at every K.A. Group facility.
Mat has over 15 years of industry experience streamlining operations and has the desire to maintain world-class manufacturing processes by continuing to implement new technologies for skilled associates to master effectively.