Valero Albion Ethanol Plant
P.O. Box 188
2615 260th St.
Albion, NE 68620
(402) 395-3500, main
(402) 395-3506, fax


Valero's Albion ethanol plant is located near Albion, Nebraska, about 50 miles southwest of Norfolk. The biorefinery sits on 107 acres and started ethanol production in October 2007. 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 Albion 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 60 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 Albion plant markets both dried distillers grains with solubles (DDGS) and modified (or wet) distillers grains with solubles (MDGS).

The plant timeline:

  • October 2002 – Boone County leaders began working on prospects to bring an ethanol plant to the area
  • June 2005 – Announced land purchase and plans for an ethanol facility in Boone County
  • March 2006 – Construction began
  • July 2007 – VeraSun Energy announced plans to acquire the facility from ASAlliances Biofuels
  • October 2007 – Startup activities began
  • May 2008 – Ribbon-cutting and open house held
  • April 2009 – Valero closed on purchase of the plant from VeraSun Energy

Awards & Honors

  • Earned honorable mention for the Valero Chairman’s Award for Renewables Plant Excellence for 2016, recognizing results across several areas: personnel and process safety, environmental performance, reliability, production and profitability, community involvement, and commercial and logistics performance

Community Activities

  • Pledged more than $34,000 to the local United Way for 2018, with a company match projected to bring total plant contribution to approximately $51,000
  • Distributed $35,000 to area children’s charities from the Valero Texas Open and Benefit for Children in 2017, including to Boone County Health Center Foundation, Central Nebraska Community Action Partnership Inc./Fullerton Head Start, Farm 4 A Cure Inc., Nebraska Children's Home Society Inc., Nebraska Community Foundation, Newman Grove Community Club Community Caring Hearts, Stephanies Miracles in Loving Equine, Team Mates Mentoring Program (Boone Central Teammates) and Team Mates Mentoring Program (Fullerton Teammates)
  • Holds volunteer events throughout the year, logging more than 2,200 total hours annually

To Purchase Distillers Grains

Josh McCarthick
Distillers Grain Sales Rep (Local Truck Sales)
Send Email
(507) 728-4018
Judd Hulting
Regional Manager-Ag Products
(210) 345-4343