The Aurora plant, located on 420 acres about 60 miles north of Sioux Falls and just east of Brookings, produces ethanol, distillers grains livestock feed and fuel- and feed-grade corn oil. Corn is purchased from within 50 miles.

By the Numbers


In Our Community

Aurora Employees Give Back

Valero volunteer t-shirt

Volunteer Hours

Nearly 7,700 hours volunteered by Aurora plant employees supporting local nonprofits from 2017-2021. Some of these local charities and events include Harvest Table, Brookings Backpack Project, Brookings County Youth Mentoring Program and Aurora Ditch Cleanup.

Valero Texas Open golf ball

Benefiting Children

A total of $145,000 from the Valero Texas Open and Benefit for Children to local charities nominated by employees over the last five years.

Valero volunteers at United Way Day of Caring

United Way Giving

More than $358,000 contributed to the local United Way through employee pledges, additional donations and company matches since 2017.

Safety Awards & Honors

Firefighting helmet and equipment

Multiple quarterly Valero STAR Metric awards for achieving no incidents in five key areas of process safety, reliability, environmental, rail safety, and policy and procedure compliance.

Local Information

Farmers Work Hard to Produce and Harvest Corn

At Valero, we work hard to maximize the value of U.S. corn production by connecting farmers to premium markets across the globe.

Contact Us Plant Manager: Brian Brinkman