Charles (Shorty) Whittington
Elizabethtown, IN | Certificate of Distinction: 2007
Shorty Whittington is the owner of several transportation and agricultural businesses including Grammer Industries, Inc. and Integrity BioFuels, LLC. Whittington received a B.S. degree in Agricultural Sciences from Purdue University in 1968.
The flagship of Whittington’s business holdings is Grammer Industries, Inc., a trucking and transportation company he founded in 1977 in southeast Indiana. Grammer Industries specializes in the transportation of hazardous materials for agricultural and industrial purposes, including NH3 (anhydrous ammonia). Whittington has positioned Grammer as an industry leader in service and safety. The company has developed and conducts safety and emergency training programs for fire departments and other clients, and also provides emergency response services for hazardous material recovery and clean-up. Whittington also owns Vickery Transportation, based in Vickery, Ohio, which specializes in the transportation of hazardous waste materials. A third company, Seymour Transportation, leases semi-tractors and trailers, including the largest privately owned fleet of MC3331 transport trailers used to transport NH3 or propane. In 2006 Whittington launched Integrity BioFuels, LLC, the first continuous flow biodiesel processing plant in Indiana. The plant is based in Morristown, Indiana and has a capacity of 5 million gallons per year with plans to double and triple the plant’s capacity through “modular” expansion. The plant operates with no emissions and no wastewater discharge and has a patent pending on its processing design.
Whittington is a national leader in the transportation industry, particularly in the area of hazardous materials, and numerous trade organizations and government regulatory groups have sought his expertise. He has represented the commercial agricultural transportation industry at the White House, before Congress and at national conferences including the recent USDA/DOE Advancing Renewable Energy Conference. He represented The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) on the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) task force charged with developing regulations for the compressed gas transportation industry that would provide guidelines for a safer method of offloading transports, a rule making process that could have resulted in severe economic impact for the industry. He also was a key member of a joint committee convened by USDA and the Agricultural and Food Transporters Conference (AFTC) to address homeland security in food and agricultural transportation. The committee’s work produced the USDA/AFTC Guide for Security Management Practices in Transporting Agricultural and Food Commodities, as well as a companion AFTC Resource Directory for security practices in this transportation sector. Whittington is an advocate for the use of biofuels to promote national security, and his truck fleet was among the first in Indiana to run on biodiesel.
Whittington’s service to state and national trade organizations is extensive. He has served as the southeast chapter president of the Indiana Motor Truck Association (IMTA) and has been the state Secretary, Vice Chairman and Chairman. Currently he serves on the IMTA board of directors and is on the Executive Committee. He is a founding member of the AFTC, which is part of the American Trucking Associations (ATA) and the only national organization that represents the interests of commercial transporters of ag commodities, food, forest products and minerals. He served as chairman of the AFTC Board of Directors for over five years, giving leadership that grew the organization to more than 500 members. He is active in TFI and serves on its Transportation Council. An active member of the American Trucking Associations, he is one of four Vice-Chairmen, serves on the Executive Committee, and is set to become Chairman of the Board of ATA in 2009. He will become the first commercial agricultural transporter to serve as ATA’s Chairman. He also serves on ATA’s Safety Policy, Hours of Service, and Environmental Policy committees. He also serves on the board of directors of the National Tank Truck Carriers, Inc. (NTTC), the trade association of ATA.
Whittington is also a founding investor and board member of Midwest Ag Finance, Inc., a financial services company serving Indiana and surrounding states.
Among his many awards, Whittington has received both the Outstanding Service Award and the Founders Award from the Agricultural and Food Transporters Conference (AFTC).