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Bullseye on target for growth
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Workers at the Bullseye Pipe Supply LLC manufacturing facility in Great Bend pound giant sheets of steel into 400 barrel oil tanks that will be headed for wells along Colorados Front Range. - photo by VERONICA COONS, Great Bend Tribune

After just three years in business, Bullseye Pipe Supply LLC managers Todd Clark and Cortenay Damm are excited about the growth the company has seen recently thanks to oil exploration in Colorado.  Last week, they delivered one of their largest orders yet, a 12 tank battery of 400 barrel tanks headed for northern Colorado, near the Brighton and Greeley area.   
“Some of the wells there are so big, they use 20 to 30 tanks each, producing several thousands of barrels a day,” Clark said.
And the orders continue to come in, Damm said.  That translates into growth for the Great Bend manufacturer.  By spring, Clark and Damm are looking to add an extra shift and possibly expand their physical operation to keep up.  That means a few more jobs created for welders and fabricators, as well as general labor jobs also.  
Bullseye has been supplying pipe and tanks to Kansas and Oklahoma corporations, and six months ago contracted with a single customer in Colorado, looking for a manufacturer that could produce tanks designed to run at higher pressure to meet the requirements in the environmentally sensitive state.  Special interior coatings, shorter profiles, paint colors determined by the state, are just some of the custom features the company has provided.
Clark said while the modifications made by Bullseye only increases the cost of production little, the other environmental requirements, like specialized liners, that Colorado enforces can add $200 to $300 thousand to the cost of a well.  
Compared to tanks with the same capacity as those commonly seen in Kansas, they are shorter and wider--in order to lessen obstructing the view of the mountains.  Care is taken to ensure the tanks blend into the landscape as much as possible, protecting the state’s sensitive tourism industry.  
Clark and Damm know the jobs they bring to the area are important, and feel they’ve been blessed with great employees.
“Even when it’s cold, if pipe needs to be moved, they get out there and get the job done,” Clark said.  “I look at them, and I know they’ve all got families.  We want to grow this company for them.”