Arfsten Transfer, Inc. was founded by Dale and Leone Arfsten in Echo MN in early spring of 1955. In those days trucking in a small rural community meant hauling everything from livestock to grain, feed, garbage, implements and appliances from the railheads, and gravel. We did it all.
As the transportation industry changed so did ARFSTEN TRANSFER. Equipment got larger and more specialized. We continued to haul livestock, operated a hog buying station, hauled feed and grain. We even built some specialty pup trailers. Dale had some equipment leased to national carriers. Business was ever expanding until Dale’s health deteriorated. After years of suffering and treatments for arthritis, at the age of 47, Dale passed away in August of 1971.
At the estate auction Dennis bought one tractor and began operations as Arfsten Transfer by hauling sugar out of East Grand Forks and eventually shifting to grain and livestock serving the Echo, MN community. After six years of loading hogs and sore inflamed knees Dennis left the trucking industry to sell semi trailers.
In 1978 Dennis moved his family to Sebeka, MN. Having ventured into sales of cars, buildings, and semi trailers, and still not feeling he had found his career he decided to re-enter trucking. Borrowing against life insurance polices, he bought a new truck and leased to Hyman Freightways in August of 1981. In the fall of 1983 Dennis bought a new refrigerated trailer and painted ARFSTEN TRANSFER on the doors of the truck. Late in 1985, in preparation of expansion, ARFSTEN TRANSFER was incorporated into ARFSTEN TRANSFER, INC. We bought two new trucks and leased two more.
In 1989 operating six tractors and trailers we moved operations to Maple Lake, MN. We rented space in Maple Lake until 1992 when we purchased property in Kimball, MN. Kimball was our home until 2004.
The spring of 2004 we completed construction of a new building to house office and truck repair facility of our growing business. Our new home is located at 2244 197th Street E in Clearwater MN. March 1, 2014 we acquired the operations of Stemm Transfer in St. Cloud. Bringing the Stemm business to Clearwater proved to be a very good merger for Arfsten Transfer, Stemm Transfer personnel and all customers.
In August of 2015 we celebrated our 60th year in the trucking business. We are anxious to continue our journey forward expanding, providing quality, safety-first transportation services to our valued friends and customers.
Today, with all the late model company-owned equipment, all employee drivers and experienced staff we have one of the best safety records in the trucking industry. We value our drivers and boast about the several multi-million mile accident free drivers we have the pleasure to work with. Our roots go back to the livestock business in the 1950's. Specialized service with on-time pickup and delivery is in our DNA. We take pride in providing superior customer service which allows our customers to extend that level of service to their customers. We value our customers and we soon become an extension of our customer's business, serving their customers as ours. This is a little old fashioned, but we are old fashioned with modern technology. We use satellite technology for tracking, messaging, engine diagnostics and hours of service compliance all to provide the best and safest trucking service to our customers.
When you are in the area, please stop to visit. We look forward to seeing old friends and making new ones.