PSF Industries, Inc. and PSF Mechanical, Inc. Records, 1900-2003  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
PSF Industries, Inc. ; PSF Mechanical, Inc.
Title
PSF Industries, Inc. and PSF Mechanical, Inc. Records
Dates
1900-2003 (inclusive)
Quantity
3 boxes, (1 linear foot)
Collection Number
2004.27
Summary
Papers and photographs related to the first 100 years of the history of the two related companies PSF Industries, Inc. and PSF Mechanical, Inc.
Repository
Museum of History & Industry, Sophie Frye Bass Library
Sophie Frye Bass Library
Museum of History & Industry
P.O. Box 80816
Seattle, WA
98108
Telephone: 206-324-1126
Fax: 206-780-1533
library@mohai.org
Access Restrictions

The collection is open to the public by appointment.

Languages
English.
Sponsor
Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

Puget Sound Sheet Metal Works Company was founded in 1900 by Edward Hite, Robert S. Raven, and Joseph W. Callahan and incorporated in 1902 as Puget Sound Sheet Metal Works, Inc. (PSSMW) by Raven, Hite, and David Bowen. Bowen led the company until his death in 1944; his son Harry was also on the Board (eventually becoming president) until shortly before his death in 1956. PSSMW began as a sheet metal and roofing company, but over the course of its history the company was involved a wide variety of projects, including the manufacture of stainless steel brewing equipment beginning in the 1930s and special train cars to transport 747 parts. During World War I and World War II, the company produced war-related materials such as lifeboats and aircraft parts.

In its early years, PSSMW was located at 1328 Western Avenue (1900-1905), Railroad, Wall, and Elliot Avenues (1909-1918: in one building 1905-1909, and in a new building after the first one was destroyed by fire in 1909), and 3631 E. Marginal Way (1918-1945). During World War II, the company also established aircraft part manufacturing facilities at First Avenue S. and Spokane Street, and Airport Way and Hardy Street. In 1949 the company opened a new plant at 3670 E. Marginal Way after the old one was destroyed by fire.

After Harry Bowen’s resignation as president in 1955, his son-in-law Gordon Anderson became president and changed the company’s name to Puget Sound Fabricators, Inc (by that point, sheet metal was only a small percentage of PSF’s business). Although Anderson remained president, Bowen’s death in 1956 led to a struggle with Pacific National Bank for control of the company and financial problems during the late 1950s and early 1960s. Anderson regained control of PSF from the bank, but sold his shares in the company to Jim Beardsley shortly thereafter in 1964; Beardsley became president and majority owner. He established a new plant and offices at 65 S. Horton Street in 1965, which was followed by another name change to PSF Industries, Inc in 1967. In 1991, the mechanical contracting division became a separate company called PSF Mechanical, headed by Warren Beardsley. 1995 brought changes in company leadership as Jim Critchlow became president and CEO of PSFM and Stanley R. Miller purchased PSFI from Jim Beardsley.

(adapted from The First One Hundred Years: History of PSF Industries, Inc. and PSF Mechanical, Inc., by Nile Thompson)

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

This collection documents the history of the companies known today as PSF Industries, Inc. and PSF Mechanical, Inc. These materials include records from this same body under three previous names: Puget Sound Sheet Metal Company (1900-1902), Puget Sound Sheet Metal Works, Inc. (1902-1955), and Puget Sound Fabricators, Inc. (1955-1966).

As a part of PSF’s one-hundredth anniversary celebrations, Nile Thompson wrote a history of the company from 1900-2000 entitled The First One Hundred Years: A History of PSF Industries, Inc. and PSF Mechanical, Inc. The PSF Industries, Inc. and PSF Mechanical, Inc. Records contain items assembled and used by Thompson in writing the history, as well as a copy of the book itself. The collection contains over 40 photographs of work done by PSF (including both finished projects and work in progress) as well as an album of photographs of PSSMW’s history prior to 1945, which depict life around the office and manufacturing plants as well as work completed (with series of photographs related to PSSMW during World War I and World War II). In addition to the photographs, the collection contains flyers and advertisements for PSF’s work, articles that reference the company, and company documents such as a bid book and a book of stock certificates (the majority of these items date from the first 60 years of the company’s history). The collection also contains 13 folders of notes and partial transcripts produced from oral history interviews with current and former PSF employees and owners (Nile Thompson conducted the interviews in the course of researching PSF’s history for The First One Hundred Years).

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

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Restrictions on Use

The Museum of History & Industry is the owner of the materials in the Sophie Frye Bass Library and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from MOHAI before any reproduction use. The museum does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright owners.

Preferred Citation

PSF Industries, Inc. and PSF Mechanical, Inc. Records, Museum of History & Industry, Seattle

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

PSF will be used here to indicate materials related to the companies currently known as PSF Industries, Inc. and PSF Mechanical, Inc. as well as all of their predecessors, PSSMW will be used with materials related to Puget Sound Sheet Metal Works Company and Puget Sound Sheet Metal Works, Inc. only, and PSFI and PSFM will be used for PSF Industries, Inc. and PSF Mechanical, Inc. respectively.

Photograph Albums, 1900-1945Return to Top

Dudley, Roger  ( photographer)

1 album containing 71 photographs concerning PSSMW’s history. Some photographs are Dudley’s reprints of earlier photos (unknown creator).

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
1
2004.27.1: Puget Sound Sheet Metal Works photograph album
1900-1945
2004.27.1.1: David Bowen
undated
2004.27.1.2-.4:  Pre-fire plant locations
1900-1909
2004.27.1.5-.8:  Railroad Fire
1909
1909-1918
1918-1945
1918-1945
1940-1945
2004.27.1.53-.71: Innovations developed by company to save time and labor
undated

Photographs, 1947-2003Return to Top

Black/white 8x10 photographs of work done by PSF except as noted.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/1
2004.27.2: PSFI Brewery tanks
undated
1/2
2004.27.3: PSFI Welding
undated
1/3
2004.27.4: PSFI Interior of brew kettle metal fabricating
1975
1/4
2004.27.5: PSFI Two men in shop
undated
1/5
2004.27.6: PSFI Man welding in shop
undated
1/6
2004.27.7: PSFI
undated
1/7
2004.27.8: PSFI Man welding in shop
undated
1/8
2004.27.9: PSFI
undated
1/9
2004.27.10: PSFI Brewery tank
undated
1/10
2004.27.11: PSFI Three men welding on floor
undated
1/11
2004.27.12: PSFI
undated
1/12
2004.27.13: PSFI Man marking a board
undated
1/13
2004.27.14: PSFI Utility evaporator tank loaded on truck outside shop
1973
1/14
2004.27.15: PSFM Sheet metal in shop
undated
1/15
2004.27.16: PSFM Duct work
1982-1987
1/16
2004.27.17: PSFM Sheet metal
undated
1/17
2004.27.18: PSFM Metalwork & air conditioning, Internat’l House of Pancakes, Sea-Tac Mall, Federal Way Washington
mid-1970s
1/18
2004.27.19: PSFM Metalwork & air conditioning, Lamonts, Sea-Tac Mall, Federal Way Washington
mid-1970s
1/19
2004.27.20: PSFM Bronze work, University of Washington Admissions Building, Seattle Washington
1947-1949
1/20
2004.27.21: PSFM Industrial metalwork, Pacific First Federal Savings, Seattle Washington
mid-1970s
1/21
2004.27.22: PSFM Industrial metalwork, St. James Cathedral, Seattle Washington
mid-1970s
1/22
2004.27.23: PSFM industrial metalwork, Kent City Library, Kent Washington
mid-1970s
1/23
2004.27.24: PSFM Industrial metalwork, Nordstrom, Seattle Washington
early 1970s
1/24
2004.27.25: PSFM Duct work
mid-1970s
1/25
2004.27.26: PSFM Man working with sheet metal
mid-1970s
1/26
2004.27.27: Man working with sheet metal
mid-1970s
1/27
2004.27.28: Hand & sheet metal (detail)
mid-1970s
1/28
2004.27.29: Woman and man drafting
mid-1970s
1/29
2004.27.30: PSFI Interior with industrial metalwork
undated
1/30
2004.27.31: PSFI Tanks
3x5 black and white
undated
1/31
2004.27.32: PSFI Industrial metalwork close-up
undated
1/32
2004.27.33: PSFI Cranes installing metalwork
undated
1/33
2004.27.34: PSFI Installation
undated
1/34
2004.27.35: PSFI Man & equipment in shop
undated
1/35
2004.27.36: PSFI Office & shop (exterior)
undated
1/36
2004.27.37: PSFM Staff at PSF First 100 Years Celebration
Color photograph
2003 March 8
1/37
2004.27.39: PSFM & PSFI retirees at PSF First 100 Years Celebration
Color photograph
2003 March 8
1/38
2004.27.39: PSF past & present owners at PSF First 100 Years Celebration
Color photograph
2003 March 8
1/39
2004.27.40: Bowen family at PSF First 100 Years Celebration
Color photograph
2003 March 8
3/10
2004.27.60: Bob Burd, PSF employee
Color laser print
undated
3/14
2004.27.64: PSF tanks installed at Olympia Brewery
2 photocopied photographs
1966-1967
3/16
2004.27.66: Christmas lunch at Construction Division’s new offices
Small Polaroid snapshot
1975 December
3/22
2004.27.72: Job site
5 photographs
undated
3/25
2004.27.75: New heat exchanger, Asarco smelter installation, El Paso, Texas
Color photograph
1996

Research Materials, 2000-2002Return to Top

Materials related to The First One Hundred Years

Container(s) Description Dates
Oral History Interviews
Field notes and partial tape transcriptions of oral history interviews conducted by Nile Thompson.
Arranged in alphabetical order by interviewee's last name.
2000-2001
Box/Folder
2/3
Greg Beardsley
2000 July 25
2/4
Jim Beardsley
9 interviews
2000 June 6 – 2001 October 22
2/5
Warren Beardsley
2000 July 11
2/6
Bill Bisyak
2001 January 23
2/7
Bob Burd
2 interviews
2000 June 1, ; 2000 June 5
2/8
Tim Burns
2001 July 11
2/9
Dorothy Buzzard
2000 June 27
2/10
Virginia Caley
2000 June 26
2/11
Jim Clark
2 interviews
2000 June 22, ; 2001 May 30
2/12
Jim Critchlow
2 interviews
2000 July 11, ; 2001 June 1
2/13
Harry Diehm
2 interviews
2000 June 26, ; 2000 July 10
Box
2
Copy of The First One Hundred Years by Nile Thompson
2002
Box/Folder
3/24
Early working draft of chapter 24 of The First One Hundred Years by Nile Thompson and related materials
circa 2001

Papers and Publications, 1900-2001Return to Top

Includes flyers and advertisements for PSF’s work, articles that reference the company, and company papers such as a bid book and a book of stock certificates.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
2/1
Company bid book
1931-1936
2/2
Original stock certificate book (certificates 1-46)
1902-1907
2/21
PSF Industries brochures
5 brochures
1975-2000
2/22
Puget Sound Sheet Metal Works brochure
8-page color brochure
undated
2/23
PSF Mechanical brochures with list of company projects & business card for James D. Critchlow, VP/General Manager
2 brochures
circa 1990, ; circa 2000
2/24
PSF building & equipment sale flyer
1963
2/25
PSFM quarterly newsletters
7 newsletters
2001-2003
2/26
PSFI quarterly newsletters
2 newsletters
1999-2000
3/1
PSFI “Qualification Book” submitted to BP Amoco Oil Company
Book contains scanned photos of site installations
1999 April 26
PSFM project specifications
circa 2000
Box/Folder
3/2
DeVry Technical College (Federal Way, Washington)
circa 2000
3/2
1700 7th Ave (Seattle, Washington)
circa 2000
3/2
Capital One Processing Center (Federal Way, Washington)
circa 2000
Box/Folder
3/3
Corporate minutes, notes, & clippings from PSSMW
Photocopies
1941-1955
3/4
PSF general ledger
1953-1956
3/5
PSF private ledger
1957 December 31
3/6
Daily Journal of Commerce article, “Sheet Metal Firm Acquires Site for Expansion”
1946 October 28
Articles of Incorporation
Photocopies
1901-1902
Box/Folder
3/7
Puget Sound Roofing & Refining Co
1901 May 25
3/7
PSSMW
1902 March 28
PSFI Letters of Compliment
5 letters
Photocopies
1976-1987
Box/Folder
3/8
Weyerhaeuser (Springfield, Oregon)
1984 February 17
3/8
Union Carbide Corporation (Magna, Utah)
1986 December 12
3/8
Western Kraft Paper Group (Salem, Oregon)
1976 March 18
3/8
Pope & Talbot, Inc. (Portland, Oregon)
1985 November 15
3/8
Boise Cascade Paper Group (St. Helens, Oregon)
1987 February 3
Box/Folder
3/9
PSFI birthday log
1971 December
3/11
“A Tank Farm on a Roof” by George T. Dexter & William T. Hamilton
Article reprint from Brewer’s Digest
1973 August
3/12
PSFI hire/termination log
circa 1997
3/13
Average labor/hour: sheet metal vs. boilermakers
1938-1957
3/15
Newspaper clippings about PSFI special 747 railroad cars
3 photocopied clippings
1967
Company histories
Written by/based on drafts by George Taylor
1907-1997
Box/Folder
3/16
From King County and its Emerald City, Seattle
1997
3/16
From unknown book
undated
3/16
From Sketches of Washingtonians
1907
Box/Folder
3/18
Newspaper articles
6 photocopies, 9 originals
1961-1973
PSFM employee documents
2000
Box/Folder
3/19
Office Personnel Policies and Procedures Manual
2000 June 15
3/19
Employee’s Expense Report (blank)
undated
3/19
Personal History & Hire Record (blank)
undated
PSFM management documents
undated
Box/Folder
3/20
Quotation form/terms & conditions on reverse
undated
3/20
Company letterhead (blank)
undated
3/20
Business card: Marsha L. Stubbins, Office Manager
undated
3/20
Job expenditures tracking form
undated
Box/Folder
3/21
PSFM flyer on HVAC design, fabrication & installation
2 copies
1 copy from when Mechanical Design Division was part of PSFI; 1 copy with taped on new name, logo, & address for PSFM
circa 1991
3/23
PSSMW Time book
1919-1922
3/26
Article from Wilhelm Trucking Co. Newsletter about installation of PSF brew kettle
Original pasted to cardstock
1970
3/27
PSFI 75th anniversary invitation and guest list
1975 November 1
3/28
Seattle Business magazine (articles on Seattle’s business pioneers)
1976 August 9
3/29
Articles from business publications
1970
drawer
VIa.12
PSFI calendars
2 calendars
2000, ; 2001

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Industrial facilities--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Metallurgical industry--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Oral History--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • PSF Industries, Inc. -- History
  • PSF Mechanical, Inc. -- History
  • Puget Sound Sheet Metal Works -- History
  • Corporate Names :
  • PSF Industries, Inc.
  • PSF Mechanical, Inc.
  • Geographical Names :
  • Seattle (Wash.)
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Photograph albums
  • Photographic prints
  • Other Creators :
    • Corporate Names :
    • Puget Sound Sheet Metal Works (creator)