Fort Dodge

Valero Fort Dodge Ethanol Plant
1930 Hayes Avenue
Fort Dodge, IA 50501
(515) 955-5000, main
(877) 694-CORN (2676), toll-free
(515) 955-5050, fax


Valero's Fort Dodge ethanol plant is located near Fort Dodge, Iowa, just less than 100 miles northwest of Des Moines. The biorefinery sits on 270 acres and started ethanol production in October 2005. 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 Fort Dodge plant annually processes approximately 49 million bushels of corn into approximately 140 million gallons of denatured ethanol and 368,000 tons of distillers grains co-products. The biorefinery employs more than 65 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 Fort Dodge plant markets both dried distillers grains with solubles (DDGS) and modified (or wet) distillers grains with solubles (MDGS).

The plant timeline:
  • January 2003 – Community leaders began working on plans for the plant
  • May 2004 – Announced purchase of land in Webster County near Fort Dodge
  • July 2004 – Construction began
  • September 2004 – Groundbreaking celebrated
  • September 2005 – Operations began
  • December 2005 – Grand opening celebrated
  • April 2009 – Valero closed on purchase of the plant from VeraSun Energy

Community Activities:

  • Pledged more than $36,000 to the local United Way for 2018, with additional donations and a company match projected to bring total plant contribution to approximately $55,000
  • Distributed $35,000 to area children’s charities in 2017 from the Valero Texas Open and Benefit for Children, including to Athletics for Education & Success Inc., Fort Dodge Community Foundation and United Way, Rabiner Treatment Center Inc. and Your Own United Resources Inc. (Head Start Zero Five)
  • Holds volunteer events throughout the year, logging more than 1,700 total hours annually

To Sell Corn
Jeff Friesth
Manager-Grains Procurement
Send Email
(515) 955-5020, or (877) 694-CORN (2676), toll-free
(515) 955-5050, fax

Cindy Glover
Commodities Assistant
Send Email
(515) 955-5019, or (877) 694-2676, toll-free
(515) 955-5050, fax

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 Distiller's Grains
Angela Nelson
Distillers Grain Sales Rep (local truck sales)
Send Email
(641) 715-3058, or (866) 513-CORN (2676), toll-free
(641) 715-3050, fax

Matt Prarat
Regional Manager-Ag Products
(210) 345-6404