Loenbro Estimator Gives Great Falls High Marks

Text by Claire Baiz • Photography by Marcus Serrano

A few years back, Brad Cordes worked alongside Jon and Paul Leach in the North Dakota oil fields. Now Cordes is senior estimator for industrial construction at Loenbro, the Leach brothers’ Great Falls-based oilfield services company.

“We do pumps, instrumentation and electrical work—pretty much everything but the drilling,” Cordes says, adding that he’s proud to work with Loenbro—and to live in Great Falls.

Cordes grew up near a large gas field in northern Michigan, so he appreciates the rolling flats, water-worn lowlands and the view of the Highwoods, Little Belts, and the not-too-far-off Rockies. “Our climate,” Cordes says, “is ideal for as far north as we are.”

Cordes and his wife frequent the Celtic Cowboy, Mighty Mo, the Sip & Dip, Bowser Brewing Company, and Big Mouth Barbecue, among other local hot spots. They also enjoy Glacier Park, Augusta, Seeley Lake, and his boss’s property near Cascade. “Building retaining structures, working on dams and roads might not sound like fun to most people, but it’s relaxing to me.”