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Overview
Valero Renewables-Welcome is located near Welcome, Minn., about four miles west of Fairmont and 100 miles southwest of Minneapolis. The bio-refinery sits on approximately 300 acres and started ethanol production in June 2009. 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 Welcome 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 75 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 Welcome plant markets both dried distillers grains with solubles (DDGS) and modified (or wet) distillers grains with solubles (MDGS).
 
The plant timeline:
  • December 2003 – Began working with community leaders on plans for the facility and land acquisition
  • September 2005 – Announced land purchase and plans for an ethanol facility in Martin County
  • November 2006 – Construction began
  • May 2007 – Groundbreaking celebrated
  • June 2008 – Construction largely completed
  • April 2009 – Valero Renewables closed on purchase of the plant from VeraSun Energy
  • June 2009 – Valero completed construction and began production
Awards & Honors
  • Received a Chemical Shipper Safety Award from Canadian Pacific Railway, recognizing the plant’s Shipping and Receiving Department for excellence in transportation safety
  • Earned an honorable mention for the Valero Chairman’s Award for Renewables Plant Excellence for 2010 and 2011, recognizing results across several areas: personnel and process safety, environmental performance, reliability, production and profitability, community involvement, and commercial and logistics performance
  • Achieved 100 percent employee participation and exceeded its monetary goal for the annual United Way campaign, three years straight
Community Activity
  • Employees pledged more than $30,000 to United Way, with company match projected to bring total plant contribution to approximately $45,000 for 2012
  • Distributed $35,000 to area children’s charities in 2011 from the Valero Texas Open and Benefit for Children Golf Classic, including to Fairmont Area Kinship, Martin County Youth for Christ, MCW Community Education Recreation and ECFE (Martin County West Schools), Truman Public Preschool and ECFE (Early Childhood Family Education), Granada Huntley East Chain Early Childhood and Preschool, and Services for Challenging Youth of Martin County
  • Held several volunteer events in 2011, logging 2,469 employee and family hours – the most of any Valero Renewables plant
  • Donated 420 pounds of food, benefiting area food shelf
  • Salvation Army bell-ringing
  • Donated $1,000 to Disabled American Veterans
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Welcome, MN
Valero Renewables-Welcome
1444 120th St.
Welcome, Minnesota  56181
Send Email(507) 728-4000(507) 728-4050
To Purchase Distillers Grains
Josh McCarthick
Distillers Grain Sales Rep (Local Truck Sales)
Send Email(507) 728-4018
Allan Assmann
Manager-Distillers Grain Sales (Bulk Rail Sales)
Send Email(402) 727-5300