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. 11 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 1,650 patented Vortex tools have been sold into markets worldwide.
- ALAN MILLER: PRESIDENT
- Located in Austin, TX, Alan directs Vortex Tools operations and is one of the patent holders of the proprietary Vortex technology. With over 25 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 11 patents, eight of which were issued under Alan’s inventorship.
- KEVIN WATTS: TECHNICAL CONSULTANT: SOUTHEAST TEXAS
- Located in Houston, TX, Kevin develops and maintains operator relationships and sales in southeast Texas. With over four decades of experience in petroleum engineering, enhanced oil recovery methods, leading sales teams, and building multi-national relationships, Kevin works with C-level executives and field operators alike to implement Vortex’s optimization solutions in Texas.
- JOE WILSON: REGIONAL SALES REPRESENTATIVE: BAKKEN
- Located in Bismarck, North Dakota, Joe develops and maintains customer accounts and sales in the Bakken. With over two decades of experience in oil and gas with installation crews, sales, and project management, Joe brings hands on experience in implementing Vortex’s solutions to the needs of the Bakken.
- JIM McLAUGHLIN: MANUFACTURER’S SALES REPRESENTATIVE: MARCELLUS & UTICA
- Located in Pittsburgh, PA, Jim develops and maintains customer accounts, sales, and supplies, in the Marcellus and Utica regions. With over three decades of sales experience coupled with field service and training experience, Jim works with companies to implement Vortex’s lucrative process improvements specific to the needs of the Appalachian basins.
- COLIN McKAY MILLER: VP MARKETING
- Located in Denver, CO, Colin 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.
- DAVID HOVEN: CHINA REPRESENTATIVE
- Speaking fluent Mandarin, David splits his time between the U.S. and China. With over 15 years of building relationships in China, David oversees Vortex sales / customer relations in the region.
- In Memorium: RICHARD HAAS: VP OPERATIONS
- Richard Haas was the Vice President of Operations for Vortex and was based in Austin, TX. In addition to managing operations, he oversaw sales in Texas and the Southern USA. With over 35 years as an oil and gas operator, he had broad experience in exploration and development of oil & gas. Richard was the author of two oil & gas technology patents. His willingness to adapt/deploy new applications and innovations expanded the value of Vortex tools. Richard passed in 2017. You can read our tribute to him here.
VORTEX’S COMMITMENT TO SUSTAINABILITY
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.