They don’t call West Virginia wild for nothing. It’s wild alright—wild with opportunities in oil and gas. While attending the West Virginia Oil and Gas Show in Morgantown, there were many growing businesses new and old lining the aisles of the Mylan Park Community Center.
The business to business event offered a great opportunity for discussion. Some of the big topics of conversation among show attendees were the presidential election, the continuing debate of whether to drill in New York, and a strong belief that the nation can prosper and find energy independence in natural gas.
About 280 vendors varied from well-known energy companies, protective clothing companies, cleaning services, financial institutions and planners, industry organizations, engineering firms, suppliers, hose companies, and many more filled the community center’s show floor.
The crowd was full of a variety of show-goers including drillers, job seekers, and the public—many of whom wanted to see what this natural gas boom is all about.
This was the second annual event. The sponsors, exhibitors and attendees of the first-ever West Virginia Oil and Gas Expo in 2011 made the event the largest of its kind in the state, so event organizers decided to make it an annual gathering. The Expo was organized and presented by Asayo Creative, a Morgantown-based marketing and design firm specializing in Oil and Natural Gas branding and design, and the West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association (WVONGA).
It is no surprise the event was a success since West Virginia is a big oil and gas state. All but two of the state’s 55 counties have wells.
The highlights of the show, according to ShaleStuff.com staff:
- We definitely made some good contacts and reconnected with people that we have met at other shows.
- Many people that stopped by said they have definitely heard of ShaleStuff and that they visit our site frequently.
- We had at least 100 new people sign up for our monthly newsletter right at the show booth.