The Fort Dodge plant, located on 270 acres less than 100 miles northwest of Des Moines, produces ethanol, distillers grains livestock feed and fuel- and feed-grade corn oil. With original startup in September 2005, the plant was acquired by Valero in April 2009. Valero’s Fort Dodge plant was the first of its design to be built for an original production capacity of 110 million gallons per year.

The plant buys corn directly from farmers within a 60-mile radius.

By the Numbers


In Our Community

Fort Dodge Employees Give Back

Valero Fort Dodge volunteers rehab house

Volunteer Hours

Employees and families annually log more than 1,000 volunteer hours, for events including the Lord’s Cupboard food drive, and United Way Day of Caring with the Domestic/Sexual Abuse Outreach Center. 

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 Athletics for Education & Success Inc., Domestic Sexual Assault Outreach Center, Fort Dodge United Way and Community Foundation and Lotus Community Project Inc.

Valero Fort Dodge Food Drive Donations

United Way Giving

Employee pledges, additional donations and a company match totaled approximately $55,000 in donations to the local United Way for 2019. The plant has been recognized as an Outstanding Pace Setter Company by United Way several years in a row.

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: Troy Shaner