The First Cooperative Association, with grain elevators and related facilities in 17 area towns, has recently purchased the former Holton Custom Signs building at 960 Riverview Drive just off the Iowa Highway 3 By-Pass north of Cherokee.
The First Cooperative Association is currently replacing the building's roof that was severely damaged in the July tornado that struck portions of Cherokee.
"We had to get it enclosed before the winter hit," explained Jim Carlson of First Cooperative Association in Cherokee from the corporate offices on Iowa Highway 3 north of the City.
Carlson said the Association is currently weighing possible plans for the large, commercial building that formerly housed Holton Custom Signs, River View Chiropractic, Fireice Firearms, Nelson Electric, and the United Food & Commercial Workers Union, Local 179.
Carlson said the Association will announce when a purpose for the building has been decided.
The affected businesses have since all relocated and Holton Custom Signs now functions under the auspices of R.J. Thomas Manufacturing of Cherokee.
The First Cooperative Association has facilities in Cherokee, Aurelia, Marcus, Alta, Holstein, Larrabee, Cleghorn, Laurens, Linn Grove, Marathon, Meriden, Paullina, Peterson, Schaller, Sioux Rapids, Truesdale, and Webb.