Every once in a while, what’s old becomes new again. It only takes someone to champion it and nurse it back to good health, even when the odds seem stacked against it.

Durell Johnson, CEO of Tumbleweed Midstream, saw the chance to rekindle the magic of a long ago business when he and a group of private investors bought the Ladder Creek Helium Plant and Gathering system from DCP Midstream a year ago. Six months later, despite a bleak market and in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Tumbleweed reported it had quadrupled helium production at the plant near Cheyenne Wells, Colo., just west of the Kansas border.

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