The Welcome plant, located on 300 acres about 160 miles southwest of Minneapolis, produces ethanol, distillers grains livestock feed and fuel- and feed-grade corn oil. With original startup in June 2009, the plant was acquired by Valero in April 2009. 

The plant became one of the industry’s first zero liquid discharge facilities, releasing no wastewater and reusing process water and storm water to supplement well water coming in. The facility also is the only ethanol plant Valero opened brand new, completing construction two months after its purchase.

The plant buys corn directly from farmers and grain elevators within approximately 60 miles.

By the Numbers


In Our Community

Welcome Employees Give Back

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Volunteer Hours

Employees and families annually log more than 2,000 volunteer hours, for events and charities including Kids Against Hunger Food Pack, Adopt A Highway, United Way Day of Caring Backpack for School Program, blood drives, and park and cemetery cleanup.

Valero Texas Open golf ball

Benefiting Children

In 2019, distributed $43,000 from the Valero Texas Open and Benefit for Children to local charities nominated by employees, including Boy Scouts of America, Fairmont Area Kinship Inc., Girl Scouts of Minnesota & Wisconsin River Valleys, Lakyn's Care, South Central Minnesota Youth for Christ and Twin Valley Council Inc. Boy Scouts of America.

Valero Welcome volunteers at Day of Caring

United Way Giving

Employee pledges, additional donations and a company match totaled approximately $61,000 in donations to the local United Way for 2019. The plant provides about 43% of total donations to the local United Way chapter.

Safety Awards & Honors

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.

2018 Meritorious Achievement Award in Occupational Safety from the Minnesota Safety Council

2018 Large Business of the Year from the Fairmont Area Chamber of Commerce

Two-time recipient of the Valero Chairman’s Renewables Plant Excellence Award across several measures, from safety, reliability and environmental performance to production and community support.

Recently named, "Workplace of the Year" by Ethanol Producer Magazine for its safety record, diverse workforce and high participation in Valero's Total Wellness program.

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: Nicole Gries