​Valero Welcome Ethanol Plant
1444 120th St.
Welcome, MN 56181
(507) 728-4000, main
(507) 728-4050, fax


Valero's Welcome ethanol plant is located near Welcome, Minnesota, about four miles west of Fairmont and 100 miles southwest of Minneapolis. The biorefinery sits on approximately 300 acres and started ethanol production in June 2009. 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 Welcome 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 70 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 Welcome plant markets both dried distillers grains with solubles (DDGS) and modified (or wet) distillers grains with solubles (MDGS).

The plant timeline:
  • December 2003 – Began working with community leaders on plans for the facility and land acquisition
  • September 2005 – Announced land purchase and plans for an ethanol facility in Martin County
  • November 2006 – Construction began
  • May 2007 – Groundbreaking celebrated
  • June 2008 – Construction largely completed
  • April 2009 – Valero closed on purchase of the plant from VeraSun Energy
  • June 2009 – Valero completed construction and began production
Community Activities
  • Pledged more than $41,000 to the local United Way for 2018, with a company match projected to bring total plant contribution to approximately $61,000
  • Distributed $35,000 to area children’s charities in 2017 from the Valero Texas Open and Benefit for Children, including to Boy Scouts of America (Twin Valley Council), Fairmont Area Kinship, Girl Scouts of Minnesota & Wisconsin River Valleys Inc., Heavens Table Food Shelf, Martin County Youth for Christ and Youth First
  • Holds volunteer events throughout the year, logging more than 2,300 total hours annually

To Sell Corn
Kelly Grams
Manager-Grains Procurement
Send Email
(507) 728-4020,  or (866) 977-CORN (2676), toll-free
(507) 728-4050 fax

Kathy Carlson
Grains Procurement Representative
Send Email
(507) 728-4019, or (866) 977-CORN (2676), toll-free
(507) 728-4050, fax

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