The founder/inventor of the "Convertible Trailer" and the CEO of CTM WW, Bill Pawluk, started this project in 1996. Running his own fleet of 20 trucks and delivering continuous loads to the US from Canada, he noticed that the percentage of empty miles was very high, approximately 37%.
Although these truck runs earned acceptable levels of revenue in the beginning, the market became more competitive as time went by. This forced all of the transportation companies competing for this business to come up with creative ways to maintain profitability and find a way to fill those empty miles (on the back haul). Thus came about the "Convertible Trailer" concept.
After experimenting with modifications to existing auto carrier equipment, and after seven months of design work, the production drawings of the first "Convertible Trailer" were ready. The manufacturing was completed shortly afterward and the first trailer was on the road by the latter part of 1999.
It was immediately apparent that the concept was valid as the first trailer never experienced an empty run once the proper freight was sourced for each respective route. CTM WW immediately went on to build the second generation of Convertible Trailers while evolving its design to further improve safety, functionalities, usability and efficiency. The subsequent generation was improved even further to include additional hydraulic functions reducing manual operations. Today, the equipment is fully hydraulic with minimum manual functions and can be utilized much like any commercial conventional auto carrier on the road today.
CTM WW continued to haul vehicles into the US and was able to successfully transport over 5000 loads and logged over 5,000,000 kms on the "Convertible Trailer" units. As a result of using these trailers, the percentage of empty miles was reduced from 37% to 2% within one year. This immediately translated to more than $7,000 of additional revenue realized Per Truck, Per Month!
Over time, based on the successful design and since there was such strong interest from other companies, CTM WW applied to patent the concept of "convertibility" worldwide.
For more than 15 years, Bill has been focused on the transportation sector and specifically, the auto carrier industry. A visionary problem solver, Bill founded CTM WW and developed the equipment and methods necessary to capture a major opportunity and solve a significant global problem for this industry. In addition to bringing a broad range of experience to CTM WW, including recruiting and negotiating with multi-national suppliers, managing various patent processes, founding overseas subsidiaries, raising capital and successfully bringing the enterprise to its current state of readiness, Bill also has over twenty years of experience as a professional firefighter, EMT and rescue worker. Bill's on-going passion and vision is to continuously improve methods of managing the world's finite resources and finding new and better ways of using them wisely while improving profitability.