Oil Field Expo opens in Cleveland - 21 News Now, More Local News for Youngstown, Ohio -

Oil Field Expo opens in Cleveland

Posted: Updated:

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.

  • More From wfmj.comMore>>

  • As US economy accelerates, Fed remains cautious

    As US economy accelerates, Fed remains cautious

    Thursday, July 31 2014 7:39 AM EDT2014-07-31 11:39:42 GMT
    After a dismal winter, the U.S. economy sprang back to life in the April-June quarter, growing at a fast 4 percent annual rate on the strength of higher consumer and business spending.More >>
    After a grim start to 2014, the U.S. economy has rebounded with vigor and should show renewed strength into next year.More >>
  • Deadly Israeli strikes hit UN school, market area

    Deadly Israeli strikes hit UN school, market area

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 8:26 PM EDT2014-07-31 00:26:47 GMT
    A Palestinian health official says 13 people were killed after tank shells hit a U.N. school in Gaza where hundreds of Palestinians had taken refuge from Israeli attacks.More >>
    Israeli artillery shells tore through the walls of a U.N. school crowded with sleeping war refugees and back-to-back explosions rocked a market filled with shoppers Wednesday as Israel's stepped up campaign against...More >>
  • Suing Obama: GOP-led House gives the go-ahead

    Suing Obama: GOP-led House gives the go-ahead

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 7:49 PM EDT2014-07-30 23:49:43 GMT
    Republicans are ready to muscle legislation through the House authorizing an election-year lawsuit against President Barack Obama that accuses him of exceeding his powers in enforcing his health care law.More >>
    A sharply divided House approved a Republican plan Wednesday to launch a campaign-season lawsuit against President Barack Obama, accusing him of exceeding the bounds of his constitutional authority. Obama and other...More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WFMJ. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms