The Plateau Group Inc. is an insurance holding company, based in Crossville, Tenn. The company is an underwriter of payment protection products and a distributor of related financial products and services. Plateau serves clients in the banking, consumer finance, automobile and retail industries. Founded in 1981 by community bankers in Tenn. the stock ownership of Plateau is still approximately 75 percent owned by community banks. The operating subsidiaries of The Plateau Group, Inc. include Plateau Casualty Insurance Co. which is Rated A- by A. M. Best Co. and its subsidiary Plateau Insurance Co., a life insurance co., Rated B++ by A. M. Best Co. Both ratings were reaffirmed during 2010. Effective September 1, 2011 Plateau has assumed servicing responsibilities on business previously written by Guarantee Trust Life Insurance Co.