Albert City

Valero Albert City Ethanol Plant
P.O. Box 398
2356 510th Street
Albert City, IA 50510
(712) 843-5100, main
(712) 843-5190, fax


Valero's Albert City ethanol plant is located near Albert City, Iowa, about 95 miles northeast of Sioux City. The biorefinery sits on 78 acres and started ethanol production in December 2006. The facility uses a dry-grind production method and state-of-the-art technology to maintain industry-leading standards in production, safety, product quality and environmental stewardship. The Albert City plant annually processes approximately 47 million bushels of corn into approximately 135 million gallons of denatured ethanol and 355,000 tons of distillers grains co-products. The biorefinery employs approximately 75 full-time personnel.

The entire kernel of corn is converted to ethanol or distillers grains. Ethanol is an environmentally friendly, high-octane renewable fuel produced by fermenting converted corn starch with yeast. It is used as a blending agent with gasoline. Distillers grains are the co-product left after the ethanol is removed from fermented corn mash, and are sold as a valuable livestock feed. Distillers grains are high in protein, fat, vitamins and minerals, making an excellent feed supplement for beef and dairy cattle, swine and poultry. The Albert City plant markets both dried distillers grains with solubles (DDGS) and modified (or wet) distillers grains with solubles (MDGS).

The plant timeline:
  • November 2004 – Announced plans for the plant site near Albert City
  • June 2005 – Groundbreaking celebrated
  • December 2006 – Startup activities began
  • February 2007 – Grand opening celebrated
  • April 2008 – Biorefinery became VeraSun Albert City following a merger with US BioEnergy
  • April 2009 – Valero closed on purchase of the plant from VeraSun Energy
Community Activities
  • Employees pledged more than $32,000 to United Way of Spencer for 2018, with additional donations and a company match projected to bring total plant contribution to approximately $48,000
  • Distributed $35,000 in 2017 to area children’s charities from the Valero Texas Open and Benefit for Children, including to Centers Against Abuse & Sexual Assault, Cherish Center, Genesis Development, Reins of Hope, Special Youth Challenge and St. Florian Fire & Burn Foundation
  • Holds volunteer events throughout the year, annually logging more than 2,700 total hours

To Sell Corn
Andrew Lukkes
Manager-Grains Procurement
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(712) 843-5141
Niki Ayers
Commodities Assistant
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(712) 843-5130

Please be advised that credit sale contracts (also known as price-later contracts) are not valid unless they are signed by the grain seller. Until a signature is provided, such contracts are considered cash contracts and must be cashed out within 30 days of corn delivery. If a grain seller fails to provide a signed contract to VGM within 20 days of corn delivery, VGM will proceed to cash out the contract.
To Purchase Distillers Grains
Jon Perrizo
Distillers Grain Sales Rep (Local Truck Sales)
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(712) 843-5199
Matt Prarat
Regional Manager-Ag Products
(210) 345-6404