Small Town of Cherokee Prepares for Tyson Plant Closure

Aug 5, 2014

In this segment of River to River, we discuss the situation in the Northwest Iowa town of Cherokee, home to about 5000 Iowans.

The Tyson meat processing plant there is closing its doors, where about 450 residents work. With us to discuss changes in the town and how residents and town leaders are preparing for the closure are Don Eikmeier, City Administrator at the City of Cherokee, and Mark Buschkamp, Executive Director of Cherokee Area Economic Development.

Also joining the conversation is Kathy Lively, CEO of Man-Tra-Con Corporation, who helped the town of Herrin, IL get through a similar struggle, and Clem Ward, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Oklahoma State University.