Adkins Energy is a dry mill corn-to-ethanol and biodiesel production facility located in northwest Illinois. The concept for our business originated in the mid 1990s as a way to add value to corn for local producers. Development efforts by Pearl City Elevator,  a local agricultural cooperative, and the Adkins Energy Cooperative eventually led to the formation of Adkins Energy LLC. We remain one of the few cooperatively owned ethanol plants in the country.

Our strength and focus is on operational consistency, resulting from developing individual employee skills and emphasizing a safe and healthy work environment. Since starting our plant in 2002, we have achieved and often exceeded many operational milestones:

  • Increasing yield, output, and efficiencies
  • Diversifying product offerings
  • Researching next-generation technologies
  • Growing shareholder value


Along with our grain procurement partner, Pearl City Elevator – Alliance Commodities, we offer:

  • State-of-the-art, high-speed dump facilities
  • Four convenient locations in northwest Illinois
  • Co-op tax deduction shared with sellers (varies annually)
  • 16% allowed moisture to save you drying costs

Adkins Discount Schedule/Moisture Requirements:

  • Up to 16% with no dock applied.
  • From 16.1% to 16.5%, a dock will apply of $0.035 per bushel.
  • Anything over 16.5% will be rejected with no exceptions.

For more information regarding grain deliveries to Adkins, please contact Alliance Commodities at (815) 809-2667.

Grain Receiving Hours:
Monday – Friday  7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Loading Dry Distillers Hours:
Monday – Friday  7 a.m. – 4 p.m.



Bill Howell

Bill Howell

General Manager
Phone: (815) 369-9173 ext. 223
Jason Townsend

Jason Townsend

Assistant General Manager
Phone: (815) 369-9173 ext. 245
Mary Wernicke

Mary Wernicke

Human Resource and Training Manager
Phone: (815) 369-9173 ext. 222
Dean Vander Zanden

Dean Vander Zanden

Phone: (815) 369-9173 ext. 252
Lee Clark

Lee Clark

HSE Director
Phone: (815) 369-9173 ext. 224

Eric Lockart

Risk/Commodity Manager
Phone: (815) 494-7990