Beginning as Creative Transportation Systems in 1980, the company adopted its name Creative Bus Sales in 1990. Its current owners acquired the company in 1993 and transformed Creative into the largest dealership in the country. From our original location in Huntington Beach, California, Creative Bus Sales has grown to occupy over eight acres of property in the city of Chino alone with 20 locations nationwide.
Over the past few years, Creative has experienced an unparalleled period of growth. Not only has the volume of buses sold increased, but the Creative family of businesses has also grown. In 2007, Creative took its first venture into the school bus sales business by becoming the exclusive IC Bus dealer for the states of California and Nevada, providing both commercial and school bus products.
The Creation of Green Alternative Systems (GAS)
2007 also marked the opening of the Green Alternative Systems (GAS) Alternative Fuels Facility in Chino, California. The one-and-a-half acre facility is dedicated to alternative fuel conversions and upfits. The GAS shop specializes in performing one-of-a-kind CNG and propane conversions on Chevy and Ford chassis.
In 2010, the expansion of the GAS Alternative Fuels division continued when a new 30,000 square-foot facility was constructed in Elkhart, Indiana to perform alternative fuel conversions on buses, trucks, and vans. This GAS facility is equipped to perform inspections, service warranties, and provide service repairs.
More Growth in 2010
Continuing to meet the needs of their expanding customer base, Creative Bus Sales opened several new facilities in 2010 including a new service facility in Sacramento, California to provide service and maintenance for school and commercial buses, and a dedicated parts warehouse with online ordering. A new paint and collision center also opened in Chino, California.
Stretching Across America
In early 2011, Creative Bus Sales completed the acquisition of Transit Plus, an Atlantic Beach, Florida based bus dealership. For years, Transit Plus was known as the bus and van expert, and brought a strong transit sales team and key retail sales personnel to the Creative Family. 2011 came to an exciting close when Creative Bus Sales announced the acquisition of Arizona Bus Sales and New Mexico Bus Sales.
Arizona Bus Sales had been operating within the state of Arizona for over 30 years. With long-term customers, experienced management, and a strong transit and retail sales team, Creative Bus Sales was very excited to welcome the Arizona team to the Creative Family of Companies. Subsequent years saw facilities open in the Dallas metro area of Texas, Tulsa, Oklahoma, Colorado Springs, Colorado and San Diego, California.
Expansion into the Pacific Northwest
In 2014, Creative Acquired Pacific Northwest-based EK Bus Sales with locations in the Seattle, Washington suburb of Mukilteo, Washington and the Portland, Oregon suburb of Canby, Oregon. As the leading commercial bus and van dealership in the area, EK Bus Sales’ similar product representation in the church, transit, retirement and assisted living markets brings great synergy within the Creative Family.
Creative Bus Sales continues to have record growth every year. With more than 200 employees dedicated to serving the industry's needs, look for even more new and exciting ideas from Creative Bus Sales in the coming years.