This month marks the 25th anniversary for Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company (CVEC) in Benson, Minnesota.
Since 1996, CVEC has grown to over 900 member owners and produces 50 million gallons of ethanol per year. CVEC board member Jan Lundebrek, who is also on the board of the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE), says the investment has paid off for those who believed in it. “Ethanol is not only fuel, it’s food, it’s oil, it’s feed, dried distillers…we’ve done very well.”
ACE CEO Brian Jennings congratulated CVEC for reaching this milestone. “ACE proudly celebrates with CVEC this month as it marks 25 years of providing a valuable market for Minnesota farmers and returning value to its member owners, all the while producing low carbon fuel and a variety of other products like high-protein feed, corn oil, and industrial alcohol for the nation and the world. The leadership and staff at CVEC should be commended for helping lead the industry’s effort to ramp up production of industrial alcohol to serve the growing demand for hand sanitizers and disinfectants over the past year. We’re also grateful to have Jan Lundebrek of CVEC provide industry insight as a member on our board.”