Terra Engineering and Construction: Ensures future with Employee Stock Ownership Plan, new leadership

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Madison, Wi. — – Terra Engineering and Construction Corporation, one of the region’s leading

specialty contractors, this week announced ownership and leadership changes to ensure the future of

the company.

President and CEO Scott Zimmerman said the company will transition from family-ownership to

employee-ownership to reward employees for their hard work building the 45-year- old company.

Terra, known for its underground foundation work, transferred 25 percent ownership of the company to

its non-union employees through a new retirement benefit called an Employee Stock Ownership Plan.

Unionized employees have a pension that will not change.

The 90-employee company with offices in Madison and Milwaukee has grown from a small operation

started by Gary Zimmerman, Sr., in 1972 to a thriving $40 million enterprise run by his sons Scott and

Gary Zimmerman.

“Together, we have built a team-oriented company that looks out for our clients and employees,” said

Scott Zimmerman. “This is the legacy Gary and I want to give to our community, our employees and our


Terra specializes in earth retention systems, energy pipelines, utilities, landfill gas systems and

watercourse projects, among other contracting services.

The Zimmermans, who are planning for their eventual retirement, also announced a succession plan

that will include the promotion of two executives, Tony Arts and Donna Kopp. Both will have an

ownership stake in the company.

Tony Arts, a licensed professional engineer with a master’s in business administration from the

University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, takes the new position of Executive Vice President. Zimmerman

said Arts will oversee engineering, estimating and will be responsible for the vison and direction of the


Gary Zimmerman, a 38-year veteran of the company, moves from Vice President to Chief Operations

Officer, and Kopp begins her new role of Chief Financial Officer.

Two other long-time employees also move up. Chris Steinke takes the role of Operations Manager and

Mark Rippe moves from Safety Director to the new position of Director of Risk Management.