It was only natural for Texas Classic Productions LLC to expand into Oklahoma City after its success in reviving a long-running oil industry trade show in east Texas.
“It's considered one of the industry capitals,” President Eli Logan said.
Logan's company got its start in Longview, Texas, where it resurrected a long-running trade show in 2011 after its original organizers had retired.
Logan said that first East Texas Oilfield Expo sold out in five weeks, even though organizers solicited exhibitors solely on the Internet.
He credited the company's large database of oil and natural gas businesses for that success.
The company also staged a south Texas trade show in Corpus Christi, Texas, before setting its sights on Oklahoma City, a market many of its exhibitors wanted to access.
Organizers billed this week's OKC Oilfield Expo as the largest such show in Oklahoma.
The expo, which had been in the works for about two years, featured 445 booths at the Cox Convention Center, with exhibitors from 25 states and six countries representing all aspects of the oil and gas industry.
Logan said his company's trade shows typically draw attendees from about 40 states.
“We cover every producing oil and gas market out there,” he said. “Some of our shows are the biggest in the nation.”
Thousands of people visited the expo on Wednesday, organizers said, including representatives of Oklahoma City's largest energy companies.
The show wrapped up after a half-day on Thursday.
“It's a professional networking environment that's within walking distance of their office,” said Amy Double, Texas Classic Productions' vice president of marketing.
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