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Oil Field Expo opens in Cleveland

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CLEVELAND, Ohio - The Oilfield Expo 2013 at the I-X Center is the largest event of it's kind in the Eastern U.S. And interest in the shale boom is making it bigger than ever.

"Last year we had about 140 vendors, this year we have 212 vendors, just increasing the amount of folks who are paying attention,  that are working in this industry and have jobs in the industry" said Mike Chasdey of the OOGA.

The Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber is here, and a spokesman points out that not only is oil and gas attracting new industry, but giving existing businesses new opportunities.

"Ohio Star Forge that just cut the ribbon two weeks ago on a 20 million dollar expansion and 32 new jobs" said William Cann of the Chamber.

Ohio Star Forge is a primary auto industry supplier that sees great potential in oil and gas.

Cann says VEC is another valley firm at the Expo that is growing and adding jobs.

"They're expanding in Hubbard right now specifically related to the oil and gas expansion that they're seeing,  that's an additional amount of jobs as well" Cann said.

For smaller companies like ALCO of New Castle the supply chain is also creating new opportunities, just for providing industrial washers to do the industry's laundry.

"Washing gloves and coats, dirtier, bigger, bulkier stuff that there's a demand for" said Mike Myers of ALCO Washers.

And as the build-out continues with new processing and distribution plants, the construction is clearing the bench at union halls. Local 396 of the Plumbers and Pipefitters is currently at 100 percent employment.

"And It's really taking off for me, as well as all of our members, it's bringing so much industry to the area it's truly remarkable" said Local 396 member Joseph Longo.

And the industry is just entering it's period of greatest production.

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