News & Upcoming Events
Transfer Flow to Open its Doors to the Chico Community on Friday, Oct. 3
In honor of National Manufacturing Day, Transfer Flow will host an open house at it’s manufacturing facility. Tour our Production and Engineering Departments, see our manufacturing equipment in operation, and learn how we contribute to the Chico economy! The open house will be held on Friday, Oct. 3 from 9 AM to 6 PM. Transfer Flow is located at 1444 Fortress Street by the Chico Airport.
Transfer Flow is a manufacturing company specializing in aftermarket and Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) fuel tank systems and components for the automotive and RV industries.
“Our plant tours are an informal opportunity for people in our community to see our facility, learn about the engineering and manufacturing process of our fuel tank systems, and to see how Transfer Flow contributes to our local economy,” states CEO Lisa Johnson. Transfer Flow currently employees over 85 North State residents, and have been in Chico for almost 32 years.
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.