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February 26th, 2015

Canton’s Big Toot returns to its original home


Canton, Ill. – On March 2, the iconic big steam whistle affectionately known as “Big Toot” will return to its original home at the old International Harvester site that is now occupied by Cook Medical and the Cook Polymer Technology manufacturing facilities. Big Toot will be dedicated at the facility and the whistle will be blown at noon to signify its return.

Additionally, Bob Hammel, author of The Bill Cook Story, will be conducting a series of book signings of his newest book, The Bill Cook Story II.

The book signings will take place throughout local Canton businesses the morning leading up to the dedication at the following times and locations:

8:00-9:00 a.m.:        Canton Harvester Inn
9:30-10:30 a.m.:      The Sweet Shoppe
11:00-noon:             Cook Medical

About Big Toot
The original steam whistle known as Big Toot from the International Harvester facility sat atop Canton’s City Hall. Big Toot has since been restored and will return to its original home at the old International Harvester site that is now occupied by Cook Medical and Cook Polymer Technology. According to the agreement that allowed Cook to use Big Toot, returning the steam whistle to its home site is “a tribute to the men and women of Canton who once worked at the International Harvester plant.”

About CFC Properties
For 40 years, CFC Properties has been a leader in the historic restoration, promotion and revitalization of downtown Bloomington, Indiana. This includes Bloomington’s largest bed and breakfast, the Grant Street Inn. CFC also recently expanded to Canton, Illinois, hometown of former President and CEO of Cook Group, Bill Cook. For more information, visit www.cfcproperties.com.