More than 360 exhibitors will fill 95,000 square feet of space in the Shreveport Convention Center Wednesday and Thursday in the first Ark-La-Tex Oilfield Expo to be held in this area.
Formerly the East Texas Oilfield Expo, the event outgrew its space in Longview, Texas, so Shreveport was selected as the new location because of its ability to accommodate the expected crowd, said Amy Double, Texas Classic Productions marketing vice president.
Industry factors also contributed to the move. Predicted increases in activity in the Haynesville and Tuscaloosa Marine Shale plays were taken into consideration, according to a news release.
“The Bossier-Shreveport Metroplex provides more opportunities for partnership with civic and industry organizations. It’s also more accessible for the thousands of participants we see at shows of this size. By moving to Shreveport, we’re able to serve the Ark-La-Tex market and accommodate growth,” Eli Logan, president of expo organizer Texas Classic Productions, said in the release.
The expo is industry exclusive, meaning attendees and exhibitors are those in the oil and gas business. Registration is $20 at the door.
Some exhibitors will be displaying new technology, Double said. Among them will be Exosent Engineering that designs and manufactures over-the-road hazardous liquid transport trailers.
The newest addition to the ExoLPG line is 11,600-gallon trailer fabricated from a high-strength, pressure-vessel quality steel plate. The trailer features a conical design that lowers the center of gravity by one foot, and it’s also lighter, shorter and has increased stability compared to traditional straight trailers.
“This is the first time it will be featured at a show,” Double said.
The expo is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday and 9 a.m. to noon Thursday. Visit http://www.arklatexoilfieldexpo.com/for more information.