January 22 2021:
CTR?s Special Visitor!
Well, you don't say! Look who came to CTR today? If it isn't American Senator Bernie Sanders and his infamous mittens! Haha! Big week for Bernie this week, he's been everywhere!
Happy Friday everyone! Stay safe and best wishes for a great weekend.
January 18th 2021:
Blue Monday! What is that?
Who knows what Blue Monday is? Blue Monday (today Jan 18th) is considered "the most difficult day of the year". It is a time where many people feel down as the holidays are over, credit card bills have come in from holiday spending, New Year's resolutions might be slipping, and winter weather is in FULL swing...
Well, CTR is here to say HAPPY MONDAY! The only thing blue over here is the beautiful bright blue sky! Yes, it is a bit chilly today (compared to the rest of this balmy winter) but we are in great spirits at 986 Wall Street so if you need a pick-me-up, call our team! We are here to help supply you with all of your winter automotive and shop needs.
January 11th 2021:
Welcome Kevin Gowrie! CTR is excited to introduce our newest internal sales member! Kevin comes to us with a vast mechanical background and years of customer service experience. Kevin's customers have followed his career over the years and they are excited to find him on his new adventure at CTR. Kevin can be reached at email@example.com
or on our main line 204-772-2481
Cheers & Welcome Kevin!
January 7th 2021:
Early risers at CTR! Here's some pics to capture our Carrier technicians at the start of their day. Shout out to Chad and George for our early morning photo shoot. Pictured below, our crew is hard at work with pre-delivery inspections on our newest installs before loading up their service trucks for a full day on the road. For more information on Central Transport Refrigeration please visit www.ctrgroup.ca or call us at 204-788-4344
ext. 2. We are proud to be Manitoba's ONLY Carrier Transicold dealership.
For those who are new to CTR, we have three teams all wrapped into one fantastic group! We are Central Transport Refrigeration, CTR Auto / Industrial and CTR Northern. We are located at 986 Wall Street, with six shop bays and over 18,000 square feet for our Carrier reefer, heater and APU installations, repairs and services.
Please call any time, day or night, for emergency road side service and break down repairs on your refrigerated equipment. Our team is ready 24/7 365!
December 31st 2020:
CTR's Remote Workstations
Since the beginning of the pandemic, to reduce the number of employees on-site, CTR employees have been given the option to work from home. It is hard to believe that it has been 9 months of working from home for some of our staff, but everyone is safe, and the joys of technology allow us to be equally efficient off-site and from the comforts of our home offices. We would like to send a shout out to the following folks who are doing their part during these hard few months...
To Krysta, Angela, Colleen, MJ, Bryan, Jessica, Kim and Pat - we miss seeing you in the office and working by your side but thank you for all your work as your contributions to the team and to our customers haven't skipped a beat. We look forward to having you back at our CTR World Headquarters (haha) when the time is right.
Here are some pictures of our staff's home offices...
December 29th 2020:
Staff Gifts for CTR!
In recent years, it has become a CTR holiday tradition for all employees to receive either a chicken, turkey, or ham for their family gatherings. This year the tradition continues and with a bit of a twist as we are not permitted to have large gatherings during code red restrictions. This year, each employee received one small chicken and a small ham to accommodate two meals per household.
Shout out to our suppliers Toledo Foods and Granny's Poultry!! We appreciate your support; we can always count on you for an amazing meal during the holiday season.
CTR encourages everyone to shop local this holiday season and to stay safe. Best wishes from your CTR crew and cheers to a fresh start in 2021.
December 21st 2020:
Each year, CTR employees are encouraged to spend one business day volunteering at a registered charity such as the Christmas Cheer Board, Habitat for Humanity, Siloam Mission, or The Winnipeg Humane Society (to name just a few). When employees spend a day volunteering with the charity of their choice, CTR covers their wage to encourage our team to give back and step up for those in need. Winnipeg is known for its big heart and we are fortunate to have so many amazing outreach programs whose missions are to make our community as strong as it can be.
Over the years, CTR has become a proud supporter of the Children's Hospital Foundation of Manitoba, Winnipeg Harvest, The Christmas Cheer Board and The Siloam Mission - all these groups are incredibly deserving, and their efforts fill our hearts. We are proud to encourage our team members to do their best in paying it forward for those who could use a little extra help.
If you are interested in volunteering, please visit: www.canadahelps.org
Most of the organizations on this list are in high demand for volunteers, so please do your part and please stay safe Winnipeg.
December 16th 2020:
Tis the Season!
Shout out to our partner Mr. Glenn Gulak (our infamous Carrier Parts Specialist) who treated the staff with "Ready to Serve" Hot Chocolate Reindeers this week and in not ONE but in THREE flavors! We had no idea Glenn was so creative and crafty during this festive season, but we appreciate seeing this side of him
Glenn gave us the option of mint chocolate, salted caramel, or the OG - straight up old-fashioned hot cocoa.
Happy Holidays to Glenn and his three little elves who helped CTR celebrate the season with these delicious and super cute beverages topped with marshmallows and chocolate / caramel / mint chips. YUMMMMM!
Thank you Glenn!
December 11th 2020:
CTR donated 2640 cans of Farmery Hand Sanitizer to the Siloam Mission today!
The Siloam is a deserving group and has been a part of Winnipeg's culture for many years, here is their mission:
"As a Christian humanitarian organization, Siloam Mission connects the community in order to alleviate hardships and provide opportunities for change for those affected by poverty and homelessness."
If you can, please take a minute to visit siloam.ca. It's a beautiful site with a fantastic message to "give a hand up" during this holiday season.
December 2nd 2020:
Did you know....?
Electric vehicles and lithium battery usage will triple by the year 2025 and then by 10x by 2030.
Click here for more information:
We're Going to Need More Lithium (bloomberg.com
In preparation for these skyrocketing numbers, we have increased our stock levels on lithium batteries, and we will continue to do so to keep up with our customer's demand.
November 4th 2020:
Congratulations Bob and thank you for 10 years of service at CTR! You've always been such an easy team member to have on board, dedicated to customer service and supporting your peers on every shift! CTR appreciates your hard work and driving services over the years. We are happy for this new chapter in your life and you will be missed by your CTR family.
Cheers to you Bob!!!
October 30th 2020:
Friday October 30th was a spooky day at CTR! We had witches, cats, Superheroes and monsters came in all shapes and sizes to join us for our festivities! We started the day with a staff pumpkin carving contest for both customers and employees to cast their votes which was then followed by a wonderful lunch from Soups, Sandwiches & More!
Congratulations to Johnathan for winning best pumpkin and for coming disguised as a "Stranger Thing"!
Costume shout outs go to Vicki (our cowgirl), Colleen (our belly dancer), Christine (our witch) and to Trish (tribute to our driver Bob). It was a fun day!!!
October 9th 2020:
Welcome Jennifer to our CTR family!
Jennifer is a recent addition to our family as she only started in June; however, that has not stopped her from becoming a central player in our CTR team. She comes to CTR with 22 years of knowledge and experience in the automotive world. As one of our trusted parts specialists, Jennifer loves the fast-paced environment at CTR and appreciates being able to learn something new everyday! You can get a hold of her Monday through Friday at CTR by calling: (204) 772-2481 or stop by for a visit at 986 Wall St. Winnipeg!
Jennifer loves her pet cat, who she dresses up in a Jets jersey for game days!
September 30th 2020:
Northern Star of the Month!
Introducing Mike Aney!
Mike is our CTR Northern Star of the Month!
Mike started with CTR in the spring of 2013 and has become a key player over the years. Mike came to us with over 20 years of automotive and industrial sourcing skills and experience. Mike started his career in parts picking, shipping and receiving and external outbound sales before finding his permanent role in an internal sales position at CTR.
When Mike joined CTR he was predominantly auto / industrial focused, but he has turned his full attention to our Northern needs to support communities in northern Manitoba, northern Ontario, and Nunavut. During his career at CTR, Mike has built strong connections with our Northern team members, suppliers, and valued customers.
Today we would like to thank Mike for his 7 (going on 8!) years of service. You are a front line and essential employee who is important for expediting customer's calls and emails to ensure their needs are met efficiently and accurately.
Cheers Mike on a job well done!
September 25th 2020:
Proud New Additions
CTR is happy to announce a few new additions to our growing product family! The triplets Tobeq, TRUX, and Tuff Grade have joined our line up and are available for order now. Tobeq prides themselves on their 100% Canadian owned wholesale distribution of tools and automotive parts. TRUX will brighten up your day with its brand new line of heated projector headlights while Tuff Grade will provide you with security as each part is tested by professionals for quality results every time.
Give us a call (204) 772-2481
or visit our website: ctrautoparts.ca so we can start introducing you to our newest members
September 11th 2020:
Jersey Friday's with Fred
Last week CTR decided to bring back the time-honoured tradition of Jersey Fridays. Fred, our stand in bodyguard, has taken Jersey Friday's to a new level as he is decked out in a different team's gear each week. Last week, the glorious green of his Green Bay Packers jersey could be seen for miles. This week, Fred is up in flames...Calgary Flames. There may be no end to Fred's switching sides as we anticipate yet another team's takeover.
September 4th 2020:
Excelling at Improvement
One of our core values at CTR has always been continuous improvement. We extend this belief to our employees as well - whether it be in their careers or personal life. This past week, we hosted a Microsoft Excel Basics training evening for our CTR employees. Focused on developing and enhancing CTR staff's basic Excel skills, the training covered the ability to enter and format data, calculate totals and summaries through formulas, chart creation, and understanding the importance of keyboard shortcuts and productivity tricks. The valuable skills learned for Excel are the type of continuous improvement opportunities we strive to offer our employees on a regular basis. Continuously improving can seem like a monumental task at times. At CTR however, we endeavour to make employee self-improvement as convenient and practical as possible. We believe that growth, either personally or professionally, is extremely valuable.
August 7th 2020:
Tasty Tarts at CTR
Already August has proven to be a busy month and what better way to celebrate a busy start then with a baked treat! These mouth-watering pastries came from Goodies and are this month's birthday celebration. Offering them to every department at CTR we strive to make our employees happy and reward them for a hard day's work.
August 5th 2020:
We have recently added two new delivery vehicles to our fleet, making our total fleet size 15 cars, 1 flat deck ½ ton truck, and a cube van for larger deliveries. With new vehicles means new employees! Welcome to the team Richard, Len, Vicki, Drake, Miguel, Johnathan, Jenna, and Jennifer!