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SIOUX CITY | For 31 years, the Ho-Chunk Centre has served as one of downtown Sioux City’s tallest and most recognizable structures.
Constructed in 1983 at 600 Fourth St., the building opened as the Terra Centre and served as the headquarters for Terra Industries, a fertilizer manufacturer.
In 2010, rival fertilizer maker CF Industries acquired the Terra Centre in a hostile takeover.
The Deerfield, Ill.-based company then put the building on the market in 2011.
Nearly a year later, Winnebago, Neb.-based Ho-Chunk Inc. acquired a majority stake in the 10-story, glass-clad building and purchased it in a partnership with real estate and development firm Dunham Co., of Sioux Falls, and other investors.
Ho-Chunk Inc. began in 1994 to create jobs for members of the Winnebago tribe and help the tribe become self-sufficient. Ho-Chunk has since grown into a global enterprise with $230 million in annual revenue.
With the building, Ho-Chunk Inc. has offered the building’s space to tenants and has planned several renovation projects.
Current tenants include the Sweetwater Cafe on the skywalk level and Blue Earth Marketing on the eighth floor. Wells Fargo also has leased space on two levels of the atrium.
Earlier this year, work began to renovate and update the atrium in an effort to attract more tenants.
Passersby may notice a colorful greeting on the building’s south wall. The mural, which features iconic images of Sioux City, is meant to greet customers as they enter the building from the Third Street parking lot.