Fonds F 720 - Crestline Coach Ltd. fonds

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Crestline Coach Ltd. fonds

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F 720

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  • 1945-2014 (Creation)
    Crestline Coach Ltd., 1975-

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0.120 metres of textual records
2696 photographs: prints, b&w, col. ; 10 x 15 cm or smaller
8661 computer files (5670.000 MB): .doc, .jpg

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Administrative history

In January 1971, Ken Sawatsky and Peter Funk established Crescent Ambulance Service in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan to provide ambulance service in Saskatoon and throughout the province. The company also manufactured several ambulances for its own use. The partners decided to establish a separate company to manufacture ambulances and sell medical equipment. Crestline Coach Ltd. was incorporated on April 28, 1975 by Peter Funk, Kenneth Sawatsky and Eldon Heppner. Ronn Janzen later became a partner. In 1976, Crescent Ambulance Service was sold. Crestline became a manufacturer and distributor of ambulances, funeral coaches, limousines, and specialty vehicles. In late 1982, the company stopped manufacturing and selling funeral vehicles and limousines to focus on ambulances and buses, including transit, tour, shuttle and wheelchair accessible buses. The company began exporting around 1995 and since then has sent vehicles to 32 countries around the world, including Russia, Vietnam and Belgium. In November 2004, Peter (Funk) Adsten, Sawatsky, and Janzen retired and transferred ownership of the company to three members of the executive management team (Geoff Booth, Darryl Bitz and Tim Morrow). Crestline Coach Ltd. continues (2017) to operate in Saskatoon.

The company has received several awards as follows: 1998 Saskatoon Achievement in Business Excellence Award for growth in international exports; 2015 North Saskatoon Business Association (NSBA) Pursuit of Excellence Award; 2016 Emergency Medical Services (EMS) World Innovation Award; Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce 2016 ABEX Export Award; and Saskatchewan Trade and Export Partnership (STEP) 2016 Exporter of the Year Award.

Crestline operated briefly from 1801 Broadway Avenue before moving to a combined office/manufacturing facility at 726 - 45th Street West. In 1980, the company moved to a new facility at 802 - 57th Street East with expansions in 1998 and 2001. Crestline is currently (2017) located at 126 Wheeler Street.

Custodial history

Peter Adsten donated these records to the Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan in one accession in 2014: 2014-142 (October 16, 2014).

Scope and content

This fonds consists of records created, accumulated and used mainly by Peter Adsten, co-founder and former owner of Crestline Coach Ltd., a vehicle manufacturing company in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

Box 1 contains textual records as follows: ambulance price chart (1986); business plan (September 1992); catalogues/advertising (1975-2004); company profile (1981, 1983); customer references (1982); expansion proposal (ca. 1980); certificate of incorporation (1975); newsletters (1986-2002); newspaper/magazine articles (1980-2005); research paper on modular ambulances (1992); SABEX application (1995); specifications (1977-1992); material relating to ambulance service in Saskatchewan (ca. 1972-1975); and a history of the Bengough Union Hospital ambulance (ca. 2000).

Box 2 contains a ledger containing the following vehicle information: unit number; serial number; year; make; description; customer; and invoice number.

Boxes 3 to 6 (part) contain photographic prints of Crestline vehicles sold to customers in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and the North-West Territories. The images depict Crestline sales representatives handing over the keys to customers along with interior and exterior views of the vehicles.

Box 6 also includes photographic prints of Crestline vehicles exported to customers in other countries as well as Crestline Coach buildings, offices, shop, CrestRide technology, and staff. Images of ambulances manufactured by Crestline are included, along with images of ambulances in various communities in Saskatchewan.

The electronic records consist mainly of scanned images of photographs of Crestline vehicles sold to customers across Canada; Crestline vehicles exported to customers in other countries; Crestline buildings, offices, shop, testing, and staff in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Advertising (ambulance, bus, limousine and hearse) and newspaper articles relating to Crestline are included.

The electronic records also include scanned documents and photographs relating to ambulance services in various villages, towns and cities across Saskatchewan. Records relating to Saskatchewan Road Ambulance Association; Saskatchewan Emergency Medical Services Association; North Central Ambulance Association; and emergency training are included.

Some of the photographic prints do not have a corresponding scanned image and some of the scanned images do not have a photographic print. All of the photographs have accompanying documents (available electronically in digital storage) that contain detailed information, including the vehicle unit number, year, make, manufacturer, and customer name/location.

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Records are in good physical condition.

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Records are open for research use.

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Copyright retained by donor. Use, publication and/or reproduction of records are subject to terms and conditions of the Copyright Act.

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SAFA 703 consists of a fonds description and item descriptions of some of the photographs.

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No further accruals are expected.

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To consult the records, visit or contact the Regina office.

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Location for retrieval: Regina - Hillsdale

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Electronic records are available in digital storage.

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