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Albert City, IA Plant
Valero Renewables-Albert City is located near Albert City, Iowa, about 95 miles northeast of Sioux City. The bio-refinery sits on 78 acres and started ethanol production in December 2006. The facility uses a dry-grind production method and state-of-the-art technology to maintain industry-leading standards in production, safety, product quality and environmental stewardship. The Albert City plant annually processes nearly 43 million bushels of corn into 120 million gallons of denatured ethanol and 400,000 tons of distillers grains co-products. The bio-refinery has a nameplate capacity of 110 million gallons of ethanol per year and employs more than 70 full-time personnel.
The entire kernel of corn is converted to ethanol or distillers grains. Ethanol is an environmentally friendly, high-octane renewable fuel produced by fermenting converted corn starch with yeast. It is used as a blending agent with gasoline. Distillers grains are the co-product left after the ethanol is removed from fermented corn mash, and are sold as a valuable livestock feed. Distillers grains are high in protein, fat, vitamins and minerals, making an excellent feed supplement for beef and dairy cattle, swine and poultry. The Albert City plant markets both dried distillers grains with solubles (DDGS) and modified (or wet) distillers grains with solubles (MDGS).
The plant timeline:
  • November 2004 – Announced plans for the plant site near Albert City
  • June 2005 – Groundbreaking celebrated
  • December 2006 – Startup activities began
  • February 2007 – Grand opening celebrated
  • April 2008 – Bio-refinery became VeraSun Albert City following a merger with US BioEnergy
  • April 2009 – Valero Renewables closed on purchase of the plant from VeraSun Energy
Awards & Honors
  • Recognized by Upper Des Moines Opportunity Inc. for the plant’s support of the organization through donations of Christmas gifts, food, money and time to help impoverished families
Community Activity
  • Employees pledged more than $28,000 to United Way of Spencer in 2014, for donations in 2015, with company match projected to bring total plant contribution to approximately $43,000
  • Distributed $26,000 in 2014 to area children’s charities from the Valero Texas Open and Benefit for Children, including to Special Youth Challenge Ministries of Northwest Iowa, Upper Des Moines Opportunity Inc.-Buena Vista County, CAASA and Reins of Hope
  • Held several volunteer events in 2014, logging 1,329 total hours
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Albert City Threshermen’s Collection Show
  • Webb Days – Supporting Webb, Iowa, fire department, library
  • Winterfest of Albert City
  • Pocahontas Humane Society
  • March of Dimes
  • Adopt-A-Highway
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Valero Renewables-Albert City
P.O. Box 398
2356 510th Street
Albert City, Iowa  50510
Send Email(712) 843-5100(712) 843-5190
To Sell Corn
Andrew Lukkes
Manager-Grains Procurement
Send Email(712) 843-5141
Niki Ayers
Commodities Assistant
Send Email(712) 843-5130
To Purchase Distillers Grains
Jon Perrizo
Distillers Grain Sales Rep (Local Truck Sales)
Send Email(712) 843-5199
Allan Assmann
Manager-Distillers Grain Sales (Bulk Rail Sales)
Send Email(402) 727-5300