By Nick Pedley
News Editor 

Ron DeSantis stops in Hartley

Valero visit part of Florida governor's 99-county tour


August 31, 2023


Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis chats with Valero Executive Chairman Joe Gorder last Friday at the company's ethanol plant in Hartley.

Valero Renewables' plant in Hartley played host to a VIP on Aug. 25.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who is running for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination, stopped by the facility as part of his 99-county tour leading up to January's Iowa Republican Party Caucus. DeSantis was given a tour of the facility and chatted with Valero employees, including company Chairman Joe Gorder, who made the trip north from San Antonio.

Hartley plant manager Kraig Kruger said the governor's visit was an "unbelievable" opportunity.

"It was great to have Governor DeSantis out here to learn about ethanol and to see...

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