About Us

Summer Corn Receiving Hours

Monday - Thursday:  7:00am to 4:00pm

Friday:  7:00am to Noon

Corn Contracting:  320-843-1231


Office Hours

Monday - Friday:  8:00am to 4:30pm

Contact us at 320-843-4813

About Chippewa Valley Ethanol

Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company (CVEC) was founded over 25 years ago by local corn producers and the local electric cooperative. Their vision sought out ways to add more value to the high quality corn they produced locally while stabilizing electricity rates.

Today, over 950 producers, elevators, and community members join together to create and invest in Chippewa Valley Agrafuels Cooperative (CVAC).  Our membership continues to impact the surrounding communities and livelihoods.


Board of Directors

Harmon Wilts
President, District 2
Jan Lundebrek
Secretary, District 1
Richard Syverson
District 1
Greg Fynboh
District 1
Tom O'Leary
District 2
Chuck DeGrote
Vice President, District 3
Dan Benson
Treasurer, District 3
Doug Schliep
District 2
Roger Longhenry
District 3

Our Staff

CVEC leadership and staff is made up of knowledgeable, hard-working people, representing producers, commodity experts, plant, lab, systems specialists and more - each dedicated to getting the best results and highest quality offerings for our members.


The team members below are in addition to our plant and process employees who ensure efficient and safe manufacturing of our products 24/7.

Chad Friese
General Manager
Patty Grube, CPA
Chief Financial Officer
Brody Padgett
Commodities Manager
John Kent
Operations Manager
Jacob Bernhardt
Plant Engineer
Scott Tostenson
Project Manager
Gaylin Beam
Maintenance Manager
Bob Jewell
Energy Systems Chief
Shawn Young
QC Lab Manager
Jesse Nordby
Safety Coordinator
Steve Benson
Operations Coordinator
Marcia Connolly
HR Coordinator
Merrilee Ascheman
Grain Assistant
Claire Goff
Marketing & Communications Coordinator
Sara Erdman
Commodities Trading Assistant
Marissa Connelly
Traffic & Logistics Coordinator
Christina Pearson
Accounting Clerk

Our Mission

Generate distributions to our members by engaging in opportunities to increase the value of agriculture production. 


Ensure our success as a multigenerational company.