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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - The second edition of the Youngstown Shale Expo is attracting hundreds of industry representative to the Covelli Centre in downtown Youngstown.

The first shale expo last November was more of an introduction and education on shale development. This year event is bigger and focused more on business and opportunities for local companies to connect with industry leaders in oil and gas exploration.

"There's a lot of a person here, a lot of people conversing about how businesses can work together in partnership," said Sean Clawges of Exterran Corporation.

The more than 100 vendors represent oil field services, component manufacturers and midstream suppliers.

The oil and gas companies say for the Valley to capture the full economic potential it needs to enhance its logistics and infrastructure to get the product from the well to the market place.

"Infrastructure is a key component to the whole Mahoning Valley area. We're going to have to build new pipeline systems, new stations, ways to get it out there to sell," said Chris Jaskiewicz, COO of EVETS Oil & Gas Construction.

That midstream component will mean new businesses and jobs and a chance for young people to stay here or come back to the Valley.

Todd Miller, marketing manager for Mid-Ohio Pipeline Services, says, "We're always hiring. Honestly, there's just so much work out there already," Miller said.

Exterran also will be hiring for its new 65,000 square foot plant in Youngstown. Clawges, its director of global expansion, says oil and gas is here. "It's going to be a great industry. There's going to be a lot of economic impact in the Valley."

And those attending the expo say this is only the beginning. "We haven't even seen the start of it in my estimation," said Miller of Ohio Pipeline Services.

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