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.  With original startup in November 2003, the plant was acquired by Valero in April 2009.

The plant buys corn directly from local farmers within a 45-mile radius.

By the Numbers


In Our Community

Aurora Employees Give Back

Valero volunteer t-shirt

Volunteer Hours

Employees and families annually log more than 2,000 volunteer hours, for local charities and events including Harvest Table, Brookings Backpack Project, Aurora Valero 5K & Gala Days, Brookings County Youth Mentoring Program and Aurora Ditch Cleanup.

Valero Texas Open golf ball

Benefiting Children

In 2019, the plant distributed $35,000 from the Valero Texas Open and Benefit for Children to local charities nominated by employees, including Brookings Backpack Project, Brookings County Youth Mentoring Program, Great After-School Place, Project Joy and Ronald McDonald House Charities of South Dakota.

Valero volunteers at United Way Day of Caring

United Way Giving

Employee pledges, additional donations and a company match totaled approximately $59,000 in donations to the local United Way for 2019.

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