News & Upcoming Events
Transfer Flow to Open Their Doors to the Community on Friday, Oct. 7.
In honor of National Manufacturing Day, Transfer Flow will open its doors to the Chico area community for factory tours on Friday, Oct. 7, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Transfer Flow designs, engineers and manufactures aftermarket and Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) fuel tank systems for the automotive, commercial and RV industries. Transfer Flow invests heavily in its manufacturing technologies, as well as its talented and highly experienced team of engineers and production staff.
“Our open house is a great opportunity for us to share with those in our community our facility, the engineering and manufacturing process of our fuel tank systems, and the resulting products that are made right here in Chico but used worldwide,” states CEO Lisa Johnson. “We’re quite proud of our 33 year history, including our contribution to the North State economy, as well as the growth we foresee in the near future.”
Founded in 1983 by Bill and Jeanne Gaines, Transfer Flow is still family owned and operated, employing more than 100 North State residents. This year, Transfer Flow was named Small Business of the Year for the Third Assembly District in California by Assemblyman James Gallagher.
The market leader in its industry, Transfer Flow is a values-driven company that believe greatly in serving its customers and community by building the best “Made in America” fuel tanks systems and automotive accessories available.
Transfer Flow is located near the Chico Airport at 1444 Fortress Street. For more information, call (530) 893-5209.
Transfer Flow, Inc. Honored at California Small Business Day™ 2016By Assemblyman James Gallagher
(Sacramento, CA- June 3, 2016) On Wednesday, May 25th, Transfer Flow, Inc. was honored by Assemblyman James Gallagher at California Small Business Day. As Small Business of the Year for the Third Assembly District, Transfer Flow, Inc. was celebrated for their hard work and dedication to the community.
“The team at Transfer Flow has been an incredible asset to the North State community. One of the reasons why I selected them for this honor is because of their successful efforts to increase the region’s skilled workforce,” said Gallagher. “I am pleased to honor Transfer Flow to help celebrate the success of their entrepreneurship as well as their dedication to producing the highest quality manufacturing products.”
California Small Business Day honored 85 small businesses for their contribution to the state’s economy. Small business contributes to 75% of California’s gross state product and over half of the state’s private sector jobs. From hardware stores to manufacturers, small businesses are engrained in California’s communities and economy.
“California’s small businesses are the economic engine of our state,” said Betty Jo Toccoli, President of the California Small Business Association. “Transfer Flow was celebrated for their successful small business and contributions to the community.”
The Transfer Flow story began in 1983 in the beautiful and historic town of Chico, California, when former General Motors engineer Bill Gaines, along with his wife Jeanne, founded the company as an OEM fuel system supplier for the motorhome and travel trailer industry.
The business quickly expanded into the mobility, work body, and mainstream automotive industries, and by 1994 the company relocated to a 35,000 square foot manufacturing facility as demand continued to grow. Six years later, a 20,000 square foot building was built on an adjacent 3-acre parcel, and finally in 2008, a 15,000 square foot warehouse was added.
Today, Transfer Flow continues to invest in new technology and state-of- the art manufacturing equipment, while employing a dedicated and hardworking staff of more than 90 people from across Northern California.
Transfer Flow Doubles Fuel Tank Warranty from 3 Years to 6 Years
Transfer Flow, the nation's leader in aftermarket fuel tank systems, is pleased to announce a new extended warranty for our aftermarket fuel tanks. As a result of our continuous improvement program utilizing state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment and processes, the warranty period of our aftermarket fuel tanks is increasing from 3 years/unlimited miles to 6 year/unlimited miles, making it the best aftermarket fuel tank warranty in the industry! This warranty term improvement will be effective on aftermarket fuel tanks effective February 1, 2016.
Transfer Flow New 70-Gallon Fuel Tank and Toolbox Combo Has an Adjustable Storage Box For a Custom Fit
Transfer Flow has introduced a 70-gallon fuel tank and toolbox combo for full-size Ford diesel pickups. Designed to sit on the bedrails, this unit has an adjustable toolbox for a custom fit. Transfer Flow has engineered this fuel tank to provide maximum storage capacity with this size fuel tank: 5 cubic feet to 8 1Ž2 cubic feet, depending on truck bed depth.
The 70-gallon auxiliary tank operates with Transfer Flow’s TRAX 3™ operating system, which transfers fuel automatically to the OEM fuel tank at predetermined levels. It includes a dash-mounted LCD display that shows the fuel level percentage in each tank and the operational status of the fuel system. With the optional Refueling Tank Upgrade Kit, your 70 gallon auxiliary fuel tank can transform into a refueling tank as well!
The toolbox tank is made from 14-gauge aluminized steel for superior strength and rust resistance. An aluminum diamond plate lid comes standard. The fuel tank has internal baffles on all four sides to reduce fuel slosh, and is powder coated black for a durable finish. The fuel fillneck is located inside the locking storage compartment, keeping your fuel safe and secure!
Get maximum fuel capacity and extended driving range with Transfer Flow’s 100 gallon "Hauler" auxiliary fuel tank system
Transfer Flow’s 100 gallon "Hauler" in-bed auxiliary fuel tank system offers maximum fuel capacity at an affordable price. It’s available for 2000 – 2016 full-size Dodge Ram, Ford and GM diesel pickups with eight foot beds. The fuel tank is constructed of aluminum diamond plate and mill finish aluminum, and is fully baffled for added strength and to minimize fuel sloshing.
The 100-gallon auxiliary fuel tank operates with Transfer Flow’s Trax 3™ Fuel Monitoring System. TRAX 3™ is a computer controlled, self-diagnosing auxiliary fuel system that automatically transfers fuel from the auxiliary fuel tank to the pickup’s main tank at pre-determined fuel levels while the vehicle is in operation. It comes with a dash-mounted LCD display that shows the fuel level percentages of the stock and auxiliary tanks as well as the operational status of the fuel system.
The patent pending design has a recessed cover box where the fuel tank sending unit, rollover valve and fuel filter comes preassembled. Mounting hardware is included with the kit as well.
For more information on Transfer Flow’s 100 gallon "Hauler" fuel tank system, call (530) 893-5209 or 800-442-0056.
Now Light Duty Pickup Owners Have An In-Bed Refueling Tank To Fit Their Needs!
Transfer Flow has introduced a 40 gallon refueling tank for light duty domestic and imported pickups! This tank allows you to manually fuel your ATV, boat, lawn equipment, vehicle and more. This fuel system comes standard with a 12-volt refueling pump, wiring harness with cab-mounted power switch, 12-foot hose and fuel nozzle, mounting hardware, and locking fuel cap. For added convenience, the tank comes pre-assembled and the tank’s height allows it to fit under tonneau bed covers.
Tank tough and time tested based on more than 30 years of engineering expertise: the 40 gallon refueling tank is made from 12-gauge aluminized steel for superior strength and corrosion resistance, and is baffled on all four sides to reduce fuel slosh. The fuel tank is powder coated black with the option of a high-end elastomeric polymer spray-on coating for additional durability.
The 40 gallon refueling tank comes with a special permit from the Department of Transportation (DOT), making it legal for transport of gasoline, diesel, ethanol, methanol and aviation fuel. The tank is notched so the refueling pump sits below tank height for a clean, flush appearance and to meet DOT requirements. Transfer Flow refueling tanks are also available in 50, 82, 100 and 109 gallons.
Transfer Flow's Project Manager Named to WPGA Board of Directors
Congratulations to Ben Winter, Transfer Flow's Project Manager, for being elected to the Board of Directors at the Western Propane Gas Association. The Western Propane Gas Association is a trade and membership service organization that represents propane marketers throughout California. Transfer Flow was an early supporter of clean technologies in northern California, including organizing and delivering the first Alternative Fuel Training Class in the north state with more than 200 students attending the class. Transfer Flow is an installer and warranty center for ROUSH CleanTech propane autogas systems.
Ben continues to be instrumental in the success of Transfer Flow by his 22 years of dedicated service, and will be an asset to the Western Propane Gas Association as a member of its Board of Directors.
Transfer Flow CEO Named Business Woman of the Year
Lisa Johnson, CEO and co-owner of Transfer Flow Incorporated, was named the 2013 Business Woman of the Year by the Chico Chamber of Commerce at their 76th Annual Dinner and Business Awards Ceremony. Prior to becoming CEO, Lisa filled several positions at Transfer Flow, including Purchasing Manager and General Manager. The Transfer Flow family of owners have been influential in the community, supporting local programs which inspire leadership in others. Their outreach is demonstrated in the following ways:
- Providing paid internships to California State University Chico students majoring in engineering and marketing
- Mentoring CSUC engineering students on their senior projects
- Participating in the Butte County Regional Occupational Program (ROP) for high school students
- Joining Butte College’s welding department’s annual ARC Exposure for high school students
- Providing manufacturing plant tours for middle and high school students
- Donating materials and time to the local high schools and colleges in Butte County
Transfer Flow was an early supporter of clean technologies in the North state, including organizing and delivering the first Alternative Fuel Training Class in Northern California. More than 200 students from across the nation attended the Transfer Flow class.
Thanking the chamber staff and members for the award, Lisa stated, "I am truly honored to represent the Transfer Flow team tonight."
Transfer Flow is Finalist for Manufacturing Innovator of the Year
Transfer Flow is pleased to announce that it is a finalist for Innovate North State's 2013 "Manufacturing Innovator of the Year". Innovate North State is the leading regional innovation catalyst organization in California's North State from Davis and Truckee in the south to the Oregon border in the North. The organization's vision is to make the North State the most economically competitive non-metropolitan region in the United States by 2017 by focusing on innovative growth companies within key targeted industry clusters, including Agriculture and Food; Manufacturing; Cleantech; Healthcare; and Information Technology. Winners will be announced December 3 on the California State University Chico campus.
Transfer Flow is an Authorized Installer of ROUSH CleanTech® Propane Autogas Systems
Transfer Flow, Inc. is now an authorized installer and warranty service center covering northern California for ROUSH CleanTech propane autogas powered systems in full-size Ford pickups, cab chassis and Econoline vans. ROUSH CleanTech develops industry-leading innovative and reliable alternative fuel powered products that provide for lower vehicle emissions and a positive return on investment. Transfer Flow, Inc. (TFI) is an active member of the Sacramento Clean Cities Coalition, a Ford QVM and OEM manufacturer supplier, and holds over 192 CARB Executive Orders. Since January of 2013 Roush announced their new EO for the 6.2 liter engine and Transfer Flow has completed several installations confirming to the customer how LPG saves them money immediately.
Bill Gaines, founder of Transfer Flow, recently travelled to Oregon to service a propane Autogas powered vehicle. "Going to Oregon to service a vehicle may seem unusual, but we realized that to overcome the public’s reluctance to shift away from gasoline or diesel vehicles we have to go above and beyond the call. At the same time, we are convinced of the "right-now" benefits of propane autogas fuel for vehicles, especially in rural areas where natural gas and electric vehicles are either unavailable or just too impractical. Propane autogas can be purchased in almost every rural community at a significantly lower cost than gasoline or diesel, it keeps our energy dollars here in the US since it’s domestically produced, and the new ROUSH CleanTech vehicles run cleaner and require less routine maintenance than their gasoline or diesel counterparts", stated Gaines.
In 2011, Transfer Flow, in collaboration with Alliance for Workforce Development, Inc., The Northern Rural Training And Employment Consortium (NoRTEC), and the California Employment Development Department, developed and launched Northern California’s first Alternative Fuel Training Program. Over 200 attendees of the first CA Energy Commission-funded Alternative Fuels Vehicles and Technologies 3-day training class received innovative instruction from TFI and industry professionals, and hands-on training with various propane autogas systems.
Transfer Flow is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. "Transfer Flow’s old-fashioned commitment to doing whatever it takes to satisfy our customers is what has kept us operating since 1983", said Gaines. Transfer Flow currently employees 85 people at its aftermarket and OEM fuel system manufacturing facility in Chico, California.
"What a Gas" - News article featured in the Chico News & Review
For a business that manufactures and sells something as mundane as gas tanks, Transfer Flow seems like a pretty fun place to work. On the company’s Facebook page employees can be seen partaking in "Stomp Rocket Day," with pictures showing smiling workers—including CEO Lisa Johnson and her sister, CFO Laurie LaPant—stomping little toy rockets into the air in the parking lot of their 77,000-square-foot facility near the Chico Municipal Airport.
And, on the morning of the interview for this story, sitting in one corner of LaPant's bright and sunny office was a large stack of boxes of Girl Scout cookies waiting to be handed out to each employee later that day in honor of Valentine's Day. "We're a family company," said Johnson with a smile...
Transfer Flow Presents Award to Congressman Herger
Transfer Flow had the honor of presenting U.S. Congressman Wally Herger (R-CA) the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence. The award was given in recognition of his consistent support of manufacturers and their employees across the United States. The Award was presented to Congressman Herger by Transfer Flow's CEO Lisa Johnson, at our facility in Chico, California on February 24.
Members of Congress who maintained a voting record of 70 percent or higher during the 111th Congress (2009-2010) received the Award. Congressman Herger received a 72-percent key vote rating.
"On behalf of Transfer Flow and our employees, I thank Congressman Herger for championing the causes that will help manufacturers thrive in California and across the United States," said Chair and CEO Lisa Johnson. "We’re fortunate to have Wally Herger in our corner, advocating policies that will enable us to grow, create jobs, expand internationally and stay ahead of our global competition."
Transfer Flow Fuel Tanks Installed on EcoTrek's Cellulosic Ethanol Fueled Vehicle
Transfer Flow is proud to be a part of EcoTrek'S "Best of America Tour". EcoTrek is a non-profit organization that conducts research and educational programs to advance the use of renewable fuels and materials. Their F250 Ford pickup is powered by POET™ Cellulosic Ethanol. Cellulosic Ethanol ("CE") is the next generation of EPA-approved biofuels made in America from grasses, crop residues and waste materials diverted and potentially harvested from land-fills. In America, the production of CE could create tens of thousands of jobs, increase unsubsidized revenue to farmers and lower demand for foreign fuels.. The project vehicle has three Transfer Flow 82-gallon refueling tanks installed in the bed of the pickup.
To follow EcoTrek's "Best of America Tour", visit their website at http://www.ecotrek.com.
Transfer Flow Receives "Excellence in Manufacturing" Award
Every year for the past 25 years, the Chico Economic Planning Corporation (CEPCO) has recognized those in the Chico community that have made a commitment to excellence in all that they do. This year, Transfer Flow has been awarded the "Excellence in Manufacturing" award! Bill Gaines, President and founder of Transfer Flow, will be accepting the award at the California State University Chico campus on October 28. Several of Transfer Flow employees are graduates of CSUC.