Chief Ethanol is committed to producing quality renewable fuel, and produces over 120 million gallons of ethanol annually.

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A pioneer in the ethanol industry, Chief Ethanol Fuels, Inc. is Nebraska’s first dry-mill ethanol plant and remains committed to producing renewable fuel and high-quality feed today. The plant is a continuous flow Vogelbusch process.

Ethanol Co-products for Animal Feed

The starch that is removed from the corn kernels is used to make ethanol. The remaining nutrient-rich material is concentrated into distillers grains and condensed distillers solubles.

The solubles are made into a syrup and added back to the distillers grain for higher nutritional value as a wet (WDGS) or dry (DDGS) product.

This Brand’s General Manager:

Duane Kristensen

Duane Kristensen is the Vice President of Operations/General Manager for Chief Ethanol Fuels, Inc. Chief Ethanol has a 75 million gallon facility located in Hastings, Nebraska, and a 48 million gallon facility in Lexington, Nebraska.

Duane has been involved in ethanol production since 1986 and has extensive experience and in-depth knowledge of the many facets of the ethanol industry.

Duane graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Agriculture Economics. He has maintained close ties with the university, including a term as president of CASNR alumni and Chair on the Chancellor’s Alumni Advisory Council, and is currently President on the NU Alumni Executive Board.

He is also actively involved in many other aspects of agriculture and serves on numerous advisory boards including past president of the Hastings Economic Development Corporation, a member of Ag Builders of Nebraska, a board member on the Ethanol A team for the US Grains Council, and one of the founding members and initial President for the Association of Nebraska Ethanol Producers. Duane is currently serving as the American Coalition for Ethanol board president.

Our Family of Brands

The strength and stability of Chief Industries, Inc. is due to the extraordinary diversity of our family of businesses, all working towards a shared mission.