Big Elk recognized for fast growth

Staff Writer
Pawhuska Journal-Capital
Geoff Hager

Inc. Magazine named Tulsa-based Big Elk Energy Systems as the fastest growing manufacturer in America. In just its third year of business, the company generated $20.6 million in revenue and this year expects that number to grow to $31 million. CEO and founder Geoff Hager said he hopes to be at $100 million in the next five years.

“We succeed because of our team,” Hager said. “Our people persevered the most difficult of circumstances, and now we are stronger for it. We have a dream team, and the genuine affection our people have for each other is something very special.”

With most of its business focused in the northeast and Gulf Coast, there are plans to focus on international growth in the next one to two years.

“Vendors and suppliers stuck with us when conventional wisdom would have said to go another way,” Hager added. “They extended grace to us in our hour of need and now, our success is their success. We will forever be grateful for their partnership.”

To commemorate the Inc. Magazine honor, the company hosted a manufacturing news conference with Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum and other city officials at 2 p.m. Aug. 17 at its facility.

“I would like to congratulate Geoff Hager and Big Elk Energy Systems on their success and applaud their commitment to growing in Tulsa,” Bynum said. “Big Elk is a great example of the opportunity for growth that exists right here in Tulsa when you assemble a strong team and compete with the best in your field.”

Big Elk was founded in 2014 by Pawhuska native Geoff Hager. At a time when the energy industry crumbled, Hager trusted his inner belief.

“My parents are pastors, and faith brought me to where I am,” Hager said. “Founding Big Elk was what I was supposed to do, and I wasn’t going to give up.”

Big Elk’s team of nearly 100 employees focuses on engineering, systems design, piping layout, drafting, and electrical and control systems. The experienced workmanship provides the best solution to bring projects in on time and fully realized. They provide services in measurement systems, pigging, fuel gas skid, electronic flow measurement (EFM) and gas quality analysis.

The company was named after Hager’s third great-grandfather, a chief of the Osage tribe born in 1852 named Opontonga, translated “Big Elk.”

In January, Big Elk launched M3 Energy Services, a service company focused on in-field meter verification for large flow natural gas meters.