Valero Renewables - Charles City
1787 Quarry Road
Charles City, IA 50516
The Charles City plant, located on 225 acres about 35 miles southeast of Mason City and 175 miles south of Minneapolis, produces ethanol, distillers grains livestock feed and fuel- and feed-grade corn oil. With original startup in April 2007, the plant was acquired by Valero in April 2009.
The plant buys corn directly from farmers within a 50-mile radius.
Valero’s first Super STAR award recipient, under the company’s STAR Metric awards, after going four consecutive quarters with no incidents in five key areas of process safety, reliability, environmental, rail safety, and policy and procedure compliance.
Third Valero Chairman’s Renewables Plant Excellence Award in 2018 after incurring no employee or contractor injuries for the year, and going more than six years without an environmental incident and more than three years without a reliability event.
Charles City was where the term tractor was coined, by native Charles Walter Hart, whose Hart-Parr Gasoline Engine Co. built the first successful production-model tractor line in the U.S. in 1903. The 14,000-pound No. 3 is the oldest surviving internal combustion engine tractor in the country, and is on display at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C.
Population: 7,652 in 2010 Census
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