About Us


Vortex was established in 2001 and is headquartered in Littleton, CO.

Vortex tools are the result of over a decade and millions of dollars in research, development, and testing. 10 U.S. patents have been granted to this beneficial technology, with international protection in Australia, Canada, and Mexico. Several improvements to the technology are in development and additional patents are pending.

The Vortex technology was extensively tested at Texas A&M University, Texas Tech, the Department of Energy’s Rocky Mountain Oilfield Testing Center (RMOTC), the Stripper Well Consortium (SWC—Penn State), and by multi-national and large, independent oil and gas companies.

Over 1,500 patented Vortex tools have been sold into markets worldwide.


Alan Miller is the President of Vortex Tools. He directs the operations and is one of the patent holders of the proprietary technology. With over 20 years of hands-on business and management experience, Alan set out to bring improvements and innovation to the oil and gas sector with Vortex. To date, Vortex Tools has 10 patents, seven of which have issued under Alan’s inventorship.
Richard Haas is the Vice President of Operations for Vortex and is based in Austin, TX. In addition to managing operations, he oversees sales in Texas and the Southern USA. With over 35 years as an oil and gas operator, he has broad experience in exploration and development of oil & gas. Richard is the author of two oil & gas technology patents. His willingness to adapt/deploy new applications and innovations expanded the value of Vortex tools.
Colin McKay Miller is the Vice President of Marketing and is responsible for marketing, international distribution relationships, promotional materials, authorship of technical articles, and oversight of the website. Colin is often the initial contact at Vortex and can provide you with industry materials and Vortex-related case studies for your specific application. Colin maintains a blog on handling green issues with a sense of humor. This blog—covering issues such as water, oil and gas, and nonthermal drying—can be found at http://spirofloblog.wordpress.com.
David Hoven is the China Representative for Vortex. Splitting his time between Colorado and China, he oversees Vortex sales and customer relations in the region. David speaks fluent Mandarin.


Vortex Tools believes it is important to improve efficiency of oil & gas wells while moving the industry to cleaner extraction/production standards. Of note:

  • Vortex enables operators to efficiently recover monetizable liquids (oil condensates, natural gas liquids) while remaining in compliance with EPA air quality standards (even with multiple wells on a pad), thereby avoiding costly fines while having a lower impact on the environment.
  • Vortex tools have no moving parts, use no chemicals, require no additional energy source (generators, compressors, fuel, etc.), create no additional land excavation, and no additional operational carbon footprint.
  • Vortex eliminates vapors at upwards of 103°F and prevents line freezing as low as 9°F, allowing the operator to avoid fines/litigation (for venting) while providing a cleaner environment without chemicals.
  • If the operator is using chemicals—for freezing, paraffin mitigation, soaping for improved downhole natural gas recovery— Vortex increases chemical effectiveness by enhancing dispersal in the pipe. With Vortex, chemical use is decreased by as much as 50%, thereby reducing costs while maximizing efficiency.
  • Vortex tools are 93.3% recyclable. Vortex proudly uses U.S. made equipment, parts and manufacturing where possible (this doesn’t mean when easier—Vortex strives to do this, but sometimes parts simply aren’t available in the USA).
  • Vortex verifies manufacturer integrity within our supply chain. Welding shops are ASME-coded, meet OSHA regulations, hold monthly safety training, and recycle surplus material/metal waste to reduce landfill impact. When shipping, Vortex combines by partial truckload to optimize capacity and reduce fuel/carbon footprint using minimal shipping materials—all while maintaining fast, reliable construction and delivery methods.

Vortex tools reduce CO2 emissions, produce cleaner and reduced burning flares, increase energy efficiency, and enhance oil & gas recovery.