The Acterra Group

T he Acterra Group, Inc., a multi-faceted, energy services and consulting company, is based in Marion, Iowa, with branch offices in western and northeast Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, Texas, and Colorado. Tad C. Cooper, President of the Acterra Group, says that his grandfather started the family firm back in 1958, working on fuel pumps, followed by his father who took it over in 1976. “My father was very entrepreneurial, and figured out, early on, that diversification was important,” he recounts. “So, every time he saw an opportunity, he formed another business.” Today, the Acterra Group, which has grown both organically and by acquisition over the years, is comprised of several divisions: The Petroleum Division is a full-service distributor, installer, and