After Brookings, SD based VeraSun merged with US Bioenergy this past March, current executives CEO Donald Endres and President Danny Herron have been meeting with officials and employees at each company involved in the merge. Their visit included the Albert City plant, a 110 million gallon plant which processes over 39 million bushels of corn each year. and is one of the largest ethanol facilities in the U.S.
The merger of the two companys will help profitability the executives say. Despite some opposition to the ethanol industry and a rocky market they plan to move forward they say.
During the visit the executives met with employees to discuss not only their strategic plan and objectives for the year but also get to know the employees of the company. "It's very important that they understand our values, our philosophies, view the business going forward" said Endres. He said he wanted employees to know they want to be a long lasting business. "We want each of them to contribute to the team, we're working together." According to Endres around 1,000 people work at the different VeraSun employees, about sixty employees at Albert City. "We (currently) have 16 plants and 1000 employees - 1,000 minds," Herron said. He said they've been successful in recruiting. "These are very good jobs - they're clean, they're safe," he said. As the industry continues to grow the executives say they hope to continue improving production and the efficiency of technology.
Herron said there is a lot of energy out there not being used. "There's a large potential to grow fuel," he said.