Thousands of Permian Basin International Oil Show attendees have poured into Odessa seeking new products and partnerships, but PBIOS Executive Director Tony Fry said rain could impact overall attendance.
The oil show was initially anticipated to bring about 40,000 people to the Ector County Coliseum over the course of three days. After the oil show’s opening ceremony and ribbon cutting Tuesday morning, the majority of audience members headed to indoor booth locations to warm up.
Richard Rylee, Rykin Pump Co. Inc. CEO, said that his company has tried to obtain an exhibitor’s booth inside the coliseum for over five years. This year, they finally got it. He said the location was prime real estate at the oil show, and for the event’s first hour it attracted significantly more traffic than booths located outside.
“From my standpoint, I wouldn’t give it up because it’s warm and out of the wind,” Rylee said, “it’s nice being inside not only for us, but our customers too.”
Manuel Flores, Caprock Midstream pipeline technician, said that despite unexpected weather conditions, he is looking forward to seeing what the latest and greatest is for the pipeline industry. He said the oil show should have a better year compared to the last time he attended in 2014.
“There are more opportunities now and that’s given some of these other companies that weren’t able to come in when we were slow,” Flores said.
He said he expects to see a greater variety of companies throughout the week that might not have been able to previously afford the costs to exhibit during the industry’s off years.
“I’m looking to put our business out there for transportation companies,” said Amalie Barrientos, A&A Diesel Automotive Repair co-owner.
Barrientos said the oil show offers “a little bit of everything” for those in the oil industry. She said networking and building connections with both potential customers and distributors is a top priority for her and the Odessa-based company.
David Pyle, DistributionNow account representative, said he is returning to the oil show after having found success locating vendors at the 2014 PBIOS. He said both local attendees and those outside of Midland-Odessa have a lot to gain by participating and meeting companies from all over the world.
“We’re just trying to let people know that we’re here and we’re available for customers out here in West Texas, for their immediate needs,” said Elsa Cantu, Vector Controls and Automation Group marketing and communications manager.
She said many of the exhibitors are all here for the same purpose.
“We’re very anxious to be here to see what customers want, see what customers are looking for, what do they have planned for 2019 and really kind of understand their needs and how we can work with them,” Cantu said.
Along with the technological advancements occurring in the industry, attendees also have the opportunity to learn about the steam powered cable tool rig, F.E. Pop Harrison No. 1.
“It reminds them of where we started and where we’re at now,” said Mike Eaton, chairman of the coliseum’s historical area. “This rig was drilling a straight vertical hole with a steam engine and a wood-fired boiler 100 years ago, now the technology on these new rigs is like horse and buggy to space shuttle. That’s how much technology has changed.”
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