Cherokee County's strategic Upper Midwest location lowers transportation costs for both supply and distribution east and west. NAFTA shippers will profit from the excellent access to north-south rail and highway systems. 



U.S. Highway 59 and State Highway 3 serve the immediate area. Interstates 29, 80, 90 and 35 are nearby. US 20, has been improved to a four lane divided highway across Iowa, connects to Chicago and is within 20 minutes. 



Motor Freight

3 intrastate and 6 interstate truck lines serve Cherokee County. UPS, Airborne and Federal Express serve the community on a daily basis. All of the major markets of the U.S. are within hours by truck. Local warehousing and just-in-time delivery services are available. Local transportation companies include J & N Transport in Marcus and Louks Trucking in Cherokee. 








Proximity to Markets


Chicago 454
Denver 663
Des Moines 180
Kansas City 302
Milwaukee 446
Minneapolis 243
Omaha 130
St. Louis 488






Cherokee County is served by the Canadian National/Illinois Central Railroad, providing direct routes to the West Coast and Texas-Louisiana shipping ports. An extendable rail spur is available to those businesses in the Schoon Industrial Park.  Twice-per-day switching for local customers is available



Air Service

Commercial air service is available at the Sioux City Gateway Airport, 60 miles from Cherokee.

The Cherokee Municipal Airport, a level 2 airport, is home to corporate and personal aircraft. The 4,000-foot concrete runway serves a variety of both jet and prop aircraft. Flight instruction and aircraft rental are available. The Cherokee Flying Club and the Airport Commission sponsor a very successful annual flight breakfast each May averaging more than 1000 people in attendance. For more information contact: Brian Lauck, Airport Manager, at (712) 225-2810.



Water & Inter-Modal Transportation

Both barge and inter-modal facilities are available in Sioux City approximately 50 minutes away.






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