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Valero Renewables-Albion is located near Albion, Neb., about 50 miles southwest of Norfolk. The bio-refinery sits on 107 acres and started ethanol production in October 2007. 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 Albion 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 approximately 65 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 Albion plant markets both dried distillers grains with solubles (DDGS) and modified (or wet) distillers grains with solubles (MDGS).
The plant timeline:
  • October 2002 – Boone County leaders began working on prospects to bring an ethanol plant to the area
  • June 2005 – Announced land purchase and plans for an ethanol facility in Boone County
  • March 2006 – Construction began
  • July 2007 – VeraSun Energy announced plans to acquire the facility from ASAlliances Biofuels
  • October 2007 – Startup activities began
  • May 2008 – Ribbon-cutting and open house held
  • April 2009 – Valero Renewables closed on purchase of the plant from VeraSun Energy
Awards & Honors
  • Earned a Bronze Award of Honor from the Nebraska Chapter of the National Safety Council, and an Occupational Excellence Award from the National Safety Council, in 2014
  • Achieved 100 percent employee participation and exceeded its plant monetary goal for the annual United Way campaign, six years straight
Community Activity
  • Employees pledged nearly $27,000 to United Way in 2014, for donations in 2015, with company match projected to bring total plant contribution to approximately $40,000
  • Distributed $26,000 to area children’s charities from the Valero Texas Open and Benefit for Children, including to Cedar Cares for Kids, S.M.I.L.E., Boone Central Teammates, Fullerton TeamMates Program, Nebraska Children's Home Society and Northeast Nebraska Child Advocacy Center
  • Held several volunteer events in 2014, logging 2,083 total hours
  • Household Hazardous Waste Cleanup – City of Albion, Albion Volunteer Fire Department, and Albion Police Department
  • Christmas Movie / Santa Day – Albion Chamber of Commerce
  • GO GREEN Plastic Trailer – City of Albion
  • Giving Tree – Boone County Sheriff’s Department
  • Shopping Day – Toys For Tots
  • Turkey Dinner Baskets – Albion Food Pantry
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Contact Us
Valero Renewables-Albion
P.O. Box 188
2615 260th St.
Albion, Nebraska  68620
Send Email(402) 395-3500(402) 395-3506
To Purchase Distillers Grains
Becca Dickerson
Distillers Grain Sales Rep (Local Truck Sales)
Send Email(402) 395-3555
Allan Assmann
Manager-Distillers Grain Sales (Bulk Rail Sales)
Send Email(402) 727-5300