1988, brother/sister duo Scott Shankle and
Shirley Shankle Woodcock pursued an opportunity
to purchase a small oil company in Sweetwater,
Tennessee. Having worked with their
father, Hubert Shankle, at Shankle Oil Company
for several years, they had a strong foundation
and education in the wholesale petroleum
In 1992, Valley
Mart was born. The company expanded to
include a retail division ultimately consisting
of 21 convenience stores branded with the Valley
Mart name. The wholesale division of the
business grew as well, operating with a fleet of
four transport tankers and three bob-tail
2005 saw the
expansion of the leadership at Sweetwater Valley
Oil as third-generation family member Matt
Woodcock joining the team. Grandson of
Hubert Shankle, Matt grew up in the petroleum
industry and following his graduation from
Tennessee Wesleyan College in 2005, he joined
his mother and uncle in the family business.
Matt helps oversee the day-to-day operations of
the company with a constant focus of building
and maintaining relationships for the future.
In 2010, the
company returned to its oil roots, focusing on
the wholesale distribution of oil and petroleum.
The retail convenience stores were leased and
Sweetwater Valley Oil Company is energized and
ready to meet the future of the industry.