Charles George Whinfrey Jr., ex-Navy lieutenant and graduate of Cornell University, founded Producers Chemical Company Co. in Aurora in 1963 following a successful sales career in the chemical industry with PennSalt Co. in Philadephia, and later with Great Lakes Solvent in Chicago. What began as a one-man operation quickly grew into a thriving business, providing industrial chemicals and related services to customers throughout northern Illinois.
Over the years, the company relocated twice in order to better serve the growing needs of its customers, moving to Batavia in 1967, and to its current location in Sugar Grove last year. The new facility has more than 50,000 square feet, indoor product storage, state-of-the-art safety features and eight truck docks.
Charles Whinfrey ran the company for 23 years before retiring from the business in 1986 and turning over management to his family members. In 2002, Producers purchased the Illinois Packaged Products business from PVS Norwood Chemicals, Inc. of Detroit, Mich., and succeeded in broadening both its customer base and product line.
Today, this family-owned and operated business is a well-known and respected distributor of industrial chemicals, both liquid and dry, including solvents, acids, and alcohols as well as laboratory and reagent grade chemicals. Its continued success can be attributed to its ability to adapt its product line and services to meet the changing needs of the economic sectors throughout the Midwestern region and its exemplary customer service. As a chemical distributor in the Chicago area, including northern Illinois, southern Wisconsin, and northwestern Indiana, Producers is proud to deliver necessary chemical products to businesses, schools, contractors and local government municipalities. Producers Chemical Company is a member in good standing of the National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD). Read more about Producers Chemical Company.
About Charles G. Whinfrey
- Born in Cleveland and raised in New Jersey
- Survived heavy losses during the depression
- Enlisted in Navy in 1944
- Served as captain of the minesweeper USS Reedbird for 16 months, attaining rank of lieutenant while serving off the coast of Pearl Harbor and in the Panama Canal
- After discharge, received BA in science and agriculture from Cornell University
- Married his college sweetheart Mary Kirk in 1946
- Founded Producers Chemical Company in 1963