An ag business that has been in Cherokee since 1986 will be moving to Sioux Center at the end of the month to be closer to its sister organization.
Pro Pork, located on Highway 59 at the southern end of Cherokee, will be sharing more resources with Transova Genetics in Sioux Center, which is the sole reason for the move, Ron Durre, CEO of Pro Pork, explained.
"We've really enjoyed our time in Cherokee. We're going to miss it," Durre said.
The business employs 18 people and manages pork production units. The company contracts with area farmers to provide a specialty product for such companies as Tyson Foods and customers as far away as Japan. Durre said the company intends to maintain the same business relationships it has had among producers and processors.
The last day with an open door at the Cherokee office will be March 31.
The building of over 3,000 square feet is now on the market and the new site in Sioux Center is being prepared.
"We've valued our relationships here and we value our employees," Durre said.