Private producer K.P. Kauffman Co. Inc., Denver, has retained Merrill Lynch Petrie Divestiture Advisors to sell the company, which holds interests in some 1,100 wells in the Denver-Julesburg, Piceance and North Park basins. The company has operations in Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota. It also holds or has an interest in oil-service companies JWS of New Mexico, Kauffman Transportation Co., Kauffman Well Service, Wattenberg Disposal, Kauffman Pump and Supply, Kauffman Land and Development, and Aviation Technology Services. Kevin P. Kauffman founded the company in 1984 and is the sole shareholder. Contact Jon Hughes, 303-292-3877.