For more than four decades, Grammer Industries has been recognized as the premier provider of safe, dependable bulk hazardous transportation services in the United States. Grammer’s modern, meticulously maintained fleet of specialty tankers transport anhydrous ammonia, liquefied petroleum gases, carbon dioxide, nitric acid, cryogenic liquids and other bulk hazardous materials and liquids for a wide variety of agricultural and industrial customers.
Winner of numerous safety awards, Grammer drivers are highly trained, dedicated professionals who are committed to delivering the highest quality customer service. Grammer’s sterling record of safety and reliability has allowed the company to cultivate longstanding relationships with its customers, with some spanning more than 35 years.
The mission of Grammer Industries Inc. is to continuously improve our services to best meet the needs of our customers, while providing superior service guided by a “safety first” philosophy.
Grammer Industries Inc. achieves our company mission by adhering to the following guiding principles:
Safety: The safety of our employees, our customers and the general public is always our first priority in everything we do.
Service: Expertly serving our customers is our primary focus. Our emphasis is on serving and exceeding our customers’ needs.
Quality: Quality is the cornerstone of our success. Providing the highest quality service is the result of constant evaluation and improvement of our processes.
Employees: Our employees drive our Service, Quality and Safety. Our employees are our greatest assets.
Training: Training is essential for our employees to be at their best and meet our Service, Quality and Safety principles.
Integrity: We will never compromise our integrity. Our company conducts business only within the highest ethical standards.
Grammer Industries was founded in 1968 by Charles “Shorty” Whittington in Grammer, Ind., as an over-the-road transporter of grain and dry fertilizer serving the agricultural industry in Southeast Indiana. In 1977, the company entered the ammonia transport business through an acquisition that included the company’s first anhydrous ammonia tanker. Through additional acquisitions in the late 1980s through the mid-1990s, Grammer entered into the nitric acid and power plant anhydrous ammonia trucking markets, further expanding its offerings and the industries it serves.
In 1988, Grammer developed a MC331 transport cut-away trailer for use in training drivers on trailer operations. The company then began using the trailer to train emergency response personnel on liquefied petroleum gas and anhydrous ammonia rescue operation in the event of a crash. Today, many chemical manufacturers/distributors have implemented Grammer’s training for their own personnel.
In 1999, the company founded a subsidiary, Vickery Transportation, which provides bulk liquid hazardous and non-hazardous waste transportation services. Grammer continued to position itself as a hazardous materials transport leader through strategic acquisitions throughout the 2000s. In 2007, the company extended its operations into the Southeast United States, opening a facility in Augusta, Ga.
Through organic growth and eight strategic acquisitions over more than 40 years, the company has developed into a leading hazardous materials trucking firm, specializing in anhydrous ammonia (both C-grade and Met-grade), liquefied petroleum gases, carbon dioxide, nitric acid and other bulk hazardous materials and liquids. Through its fleet of more than 200 specialized tankers and 10 office and terminal locations across Indiana, Ohio, Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina and Florida, Grammer serves both industrial and agricultural customers, including the fertilizer production, food production, power generation and chemical manufacturing industries.
In 2012, Grammer’s reputation for safety, history of steady growth and sustained success caught the attention of private equity firm, LINX Partners. The mission of LINX is to invest in niche U.S.-based companies operating within favorable economic trends in the industrial manufacturing, business services and specialty distribution markets. LINX purchased a portion of the company, with the promise to invest in its continued growth while maintaining the company’s headquarters and staff in Indiana. For more about LINX, visit www.linxpartners.com. The leadership team at Grammer is now looking to the future of the specialized transportation industry. An innovator in the trucking industry, Grammer is taking the lead in trying new products, testing new ideas and exploring new markets to better serve our customers.