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2015 Ohio Valley Regional Oil & Gas Expo Approaching

By On March 19, 2015 2:09 pm


By: Kristie Kubovic, Director of Communications, Shale Media Group
Edited By: Mindy Gattner, Editor, Shale Media Group
Photos By: Shale Media Group

The Ohio Valley Regional Oil & Gas Expo is quickly approaching. This will be the fourth year for the annual two-day event, which will be held April 28-29 in St. Clairsville, Ohio at the James E. Carnes Center in Belmont County. The shale oil and gas industry business to business event will include a network reception, one-day vendor displays, trade professionals, and expert speakers from the industry.

ovrIn recent years, eastern Ohio has become a hotspot for the shale oil and gas industry due to the Utica and Marcellus Shale plays. The Ohio Valley Regional Oil & Gas Expo highlights how these plays have developed into a large resource for dry and wet natural gas throughout eastern Ohio, southwestern Pennsylvania, and northern West Virginia. With a large portion resting in Ohio, the Utica Shale is 170,000 square miles and has an abundance of wet gases, which translate into oil, ethane, propane, and butane. With shale plays, like the Utica and Marcellus, the United States has the potential to become energy secure due to the advent of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing, a technique used to drill for and release natural gas and oil from subterranean rock deep under the earth’s surface.

The Ohio Valley Regional Oil & Gas Expo will kick off on Tuesday, April 28th with a Network Reception from 6pm to 9pm, while Wednesday, April 29th will play host to the all-day Expo and Conference. The event is being hosted by the Belmont County Commissioners and Belmont County Port Authority and led by Bellaire, Ohio’s MPR Supply Chain Solutions. The event is in a prime location in eastern Ohio, as it is also bordered by southwestern Pennsylvania and northern West Virginia. With close access to both Interstate 70 and Route 40, the James E. Carnes Center plays perfect host to the event offering a 6,000-square-foot atrium and a 15,000-square-foot banquet hall. In addition to plenty of inside space, the facility also offers plenty of outside space for equipment and products.

Rick Frio, Chairman and CEO, MPR, explained, “This show is critical for our region. Our goal is to create value for not only the exhibitors, sponsors, and attendees, but the citizens of Belmont County as well. MPR was proud to host the Expo in 2014 and is happy to continue serving the Belmont County Commissioners and Belmont County Port Authority to run the expo again in 2015. We made changes in 2014 to move the expo towards being a Business to Business (B2B) event. Our exit surveys showed that we brought buyers and vendors together to create significant value for both parties. In addition, our speakers gave overviews of the stringent safety operating regulations each business must adhere to, thus demonstrating a win to both our community and to the businesses that work here. We were proud to have over 500 attendees at the Network Reception and over 2000 attendees at the expo in 2014 and anticipate selling out again this year.”

ovr2Frio continued, “The MPR team will continue to focus on a B2B event at the 2015 expo. Our goal is to create significant value for our exhibitors and attendees. We are bringing together a panel of state and local government entities, as well as the industry companies, which purchase those goods and services, and equally important the transportation companies, who haul on our local roads. The purpose of that is to get a discussion going on how best for the industry and community to interact safely and productively.”

Mark Thomas, President, Belmont County Board of Commissioners, added, “The Belmont County Commission is elated to have MPR back for the 2015 Expo as 2014 witnessed a very successful, well-attended event. We are grateful to MPR and to the Belmont County Port Authority for their continued commitment to making this the premier shale oil and gas expo in the tri-state area. Belmont County remains the hub of the shale oil and gas industry, and we fully believe that this Expo is a great way for companies to advertise their businesses and create partnerships that will help create new jobs in our county.”

Based in Wheeling, WV, Wheeling Spring Service has serviced the Ohio Valley for over 90 years, providing an array of truck support. Rob Hetzel, GM, Wheeling Spring Service, says, “Wheeling Spring Service is proud to be a sponsor of the Ohio Valley Regional Oil and Gas Expo. Last year, we found it very beneficial to not only our company, but to the entire industry and its vendors.”

ovr4Last year’s expo showcased around 150 exhibitors and brought in over 2,000 attendees. An even larger turn out is expected this year, as the Utica Shale play and eastern Ohio continue to evolve. “We have 122 exhibitors registered to date including 17 sponsors. This puts us on track to surpass last year’s exhibitors and forces us to either expand the layout or sell out early. Many of those displaying are new faces, and we look forward to connecting our exhibitors with the right people in the industry,” relayed Natalie Brown, President, MPR Supply Chain Solutions. Some of this year’s sponsors include: Hartman & Hartman, Kelchner, and XTO Energy.

Some of the speakers from the 2014 Ohio Valley Regional Oil & Gas Expo included: Toby Rice, President, Rice Energy; Craig Butler, Director, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); Bob Beatty, President, “O”Ring CNG Fuel Systems; Rick Frio, President and CEO, MPR; Craig Kasper, CEO, Hull & Associates; Thomas Mendenhall, Principle, WV OH Motor Sales, Mack Trucks; and Cara Dingus Brook, President and CEO, Foundation for Appalachian Ohio. The conference was moderated by Tejas Gosai, CEO, Shale Media Group. T=his year’s lineup is being finalized and will be released shortly.

The fourth annual Ohio Valley Regional Oil & Gas Expo looks to offer another great turnout, while offering an educational, networking community outlet for participants, exhibitors, and speakers. For this year’s event, limited sponsorships and booths are still available. For more information about the Ohio Valley Regional Oil & Gas Expo, call 740-671-9822, email expo@mprsupplychain.com, or click here. For more on last year’s expo, including a video, click here.


Shale Media Group (SMG) is the news, information, and education resource dedicated to the shale oil and gas industries by messaging across video, Internet, publications, events, and radio. For more, check out ShaleMediaGroup.com to access all platforms, including SMG’s latest news delivery system–Shale Energy Business Briefing (SEBB), an ad-free subscription based service, where subscribers receive a real-time, daily email, featuring concise, hard hitting shale news 7 days/week, 365 days/year. To sign up, go to sebb.us. Kristie Kubovic is the Director of Communications at Shale Media Group. Contact her at Kristie@ShaleMediaGroup.com.