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.

Ted Free
This Brand’s General Manager:

Ted free

Ted Free is the 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. Ted has worked in  the Ethanol industry since 2007 and has been directly involved with the Nebraska Unicameral and legal representatives to eliminate taxes on ingredients for ethanol producing plants – saving millions of future dollars for each Nebraska ethanol operation. He has extensive experience and in-depth knowledge of the many facets of the ethanol industry.

Ted graduated from the University of Arkansas with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology/Pre-Med/Business. From 2015 through 2020, he was elected by his peers as President of the Association of Nebraska Ethanol Producers (ANEEP), currently known as Renewable Fuels Nebraska (RFN).

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.