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Large crowd at Bakken Oil Product and Service show

By Susan Minichiello
Sidney Herald

The Bakken Oil Product and Service Show took place in Williston, N.D. Wednesday and Thursday with high attendance. There were 200 exhibitors, which is an increase from last year’s 160.

The exhibitor registration opened in May and sold out in two weeks. “We easily have over 100 companies on the waiting list,” Jeff Zarling, Dawa Solutions Group president, said. “There’s just so many companies in the Williston basin.”

Another difference for this year’s show is the move from the Raymond Family Community Center to the Upper Missouri Valley Fairgrounds, which expanded the exhibit space from one building to three.

Additionally, the fairgrounds had outdoor space for exhibitors and “10 times” more parking space than the Raymond Center. “That number’s not an exaggeration,” Zarling said.

Dawa Solutions Group, a marketing, web development and event planning company, coordinated the show. Zarling said his team worked 18-hour days for a week to a get the facilities ready for the show.

A crew of six people from Dawa and 10 temporary workers from Bakken Staffing, a recruiting firm in Williston, ran the show.

Exhibitors included any and all things Bakken oil work related was present, including companies selling work apparel, architects, hotels, emission testers, drug and alcohol testers, rigging tools, oil field services, oil work trainings centers and many more.

There were also 20 speakers who came to talk about the oil and gas industry.

“It’s like six months of networking in two days,” Zarling said.

Paul Wallick, civil engineer at WHPacific, based in Stanley, N.D., was lucky enough to snag an exhibitor’s spot before they sold out in May. He moved to the area because of the oil boom.

“There’s such a need for infrastructure help here,” Wallick said.

Wallick said he is interested in pursuing projects in eastern Montana.

Dr. Tricia Nechodom, audiologist at Trinity Health Center in Minot, N.D., also had a table set up at the oil show. She comes to work in Williston twice a month.

While most tables had candy or soft drinks to lure attendees, Nechodom’s table instead had several different types of ear plugs.

“People are working in louder positions,” Nechodom said. She mentioned there is no cure for noise-induced hearing loss, which is preventable with her plugs.

Last year, the oil show had 1,800 attendees and on Wednesday afternoon Zarling predicted this year would surpass that number.

“The team makes it happen. They do a great job,” Zarling said.

reporter@sidneyherald.com

Saturday, September 14, 2013 8:00 pm.

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