Meis’ energy firm sells, but he plans to remain in job

The local oil and gas industry services company owned by newly re-elected county Commissioner Craig Meis is being swallowed by a larger national outfit. 

Nebraska-based Olsson Associates national engineering and design firm is acquiring Colorado-based Cordilleran Compliance Services, an environmental sciences and engineering consulting firm that specializes in the oil and gas industry.

Olsson, with 700 employees and 20 offices in Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri and Nebraska, is bringing Cordilleran, which has 50 employees in offices in Grand Junction and Golden, under its umbrella effective Dec. 1.

Meis plans to continue to head the local branch of the company, regardless of criticisms raised during his recent campaign that his role may be a conflict of interest.

“It really doesn’t change anything while I am a commissioner,” Meis said.

He said he has a contractual arrangement to stay on a minimum of three years with the company, but
Meis has every intention of making it a long-term relationship.

“I still consider my career to be as a chemical engineer. I didn’t go to school to be a politician.”

Politics did play a part, however, in finding the right firm with which to partner.

Olsson CEO Chip Corcoran met Meis through mutual friend and former Sen. Ron Teck, R-Grand Junction, who works for Olsson’s Lakewood office, Corcoran said. Meis took interest in the company.

“Cordilleran services the energy sector,” Corcoran said. “We had been doing some work for energy clients, but not nearly to the extent as Cordilleran does. A lot of the work we do, with transportation, municipality and sewer and storm water clients, was complementary to the services Cordilleran does. At the same time, we can work with their company in new markets they weren’t formerly in.”

The acquisition will not change current staffing or offices, he said. However, it may mean more staffing eventually for the Golden, Grand Junction and Lakewood offices.

“We certainly anticipate we will be moving people between offices,” Corcoran said.

“We intend on keeping all three offices and growing.”

Cordilleran started in 1999 and is headed up in Grand Junction by Meis and Don Plsek.


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