The Lakota plant, located on 78 acres about 30 miles southeast of Fairmont, Minnesota, produces ethanol, distillers grains livestock feed and fuel- and feed-grade corn oil. With original startup in November 2002, the plant was acquired by Valero in November 2018. 

The plant buys corn directly from farmers within approximately 40 miles.

By the Numbers


In Our Community

Lakota Employees Give Back

Valero volunteer t-shirt

Volunteer Hours

Employees and families annually log more than 1,000 volunteer hours for a variety of events and charities.

Valero Texas Open golf ball

Benefiting Children

In 2019, the plant distributed more than $22,000 from the Valero Texas Open and Benefit for Children to local charities nominated by employees, including Blue Earth Area Mentors, Child Assistance Resource Education Team Inc. and InFaith.

Valero volunteers at United Way Day of Caring

United Way Giving

In the plant's first-ever campaign in 2019, employee pledges surpassed $31,000 with a company match projected to bring total donations to approximately $46,000.

Local Information

  • About Lakota

    The present town of Lakota used to be named Germania, from the German heritage of many of the early settlers. Because of the stigma of have the name during World War I, the town held an election in October 1918 to change the name to Lakota, a name from the indigenous people that has been translated as “beautiful prairie,” or “plenty,” or “allies.” The vote was 48 yes and 32 no. The name was officially changed on October 16, 1918, though the U.S. Post Office did not officially change the name until August 1919.

    Population: 255 in 2010 Census

  • Things To Do

    Find local activities in Lakota.

  • Helpful Links

    City of Lakota:  http://www.city-data.com/city/Lakota-Iowa.html

    North Iowa Community School District:  https://www.northiowa.org/

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: Kirk Jarvis