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Ark-La-Tex Oilfield Expo coming to Shreveport (and you can get in for free)

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Texas Classic Productions is bringing its flagship trade show to Shreveport, Louisiana, and it’s an event for all oil and gas professionals. No matter what sector of the industry you’re in, from upstream to downstream, the expansive show has something for everyone. The show is set for April 1 and 2 at the Shreveport Convention Center, and unlike most shows, it is free to attend as long as you preregister for the event.

With a plethora of vendors from all aspects of the oil and gas industry, the Ark-La-Tex Oilfield Expo—previously known as the East Texas Oilfield Expo—is a show that anyone looking to do business can’t afford to miss.

“We started out with one trade show here in Longview. We made a big economic impact locally in our own community,” explains Michelle Manningham, the vice president of marketing for Texas Classic Productions. “The only reason we had to move this show is because we’ve outgrown our facility. Our shows were selling out with waiting lists of hundreds of people, so we took the show and moved it to Shreveport so we could have a larger presence in that Haynesville Shale market.”

There are a myriad of ways to take advantage of attending the Ark-La-Tex expo, but perhaps the most important is the ability to have a smorgasbord of companies in the same place all at once. “You can spend hours and hours researching websites, making phone calls, sending emails, trying to get through to the right person so you can negotiate the price that you’re looking for or see who has the product that you want. Or you can go to a trade show,” Manningham says. “Everybody there is vying for your business, willing to negotiate on the spot. You can leave with answers, you can leave with purchase orders, and you can leave with a face-to-face conversation with the person who is going to be handling your business.”

The East Texas Oilfield Expo in 2013, which has since outgrown its venue and moved to Shreveport as the Ark-La-Tex Oilfield Expo. Image courtesy of Texas Classic Productions.

The East Texas Oilfield Expo in 2013, which has since outgrown its venue and moved to Shreveport as the Ark-La-Tex Oilfield Expo. Image courtesy of Texas Classic Productions.

The Ark-La-Tex Oilfield Expo, along with Texas Classic Productions’ other trade shows, are geared toward making business happen. The company’s website boasts a massive $100 million economic impact since 2011. As a result, Texas Classic Productions is also fairly particular about those who are able to attend. Expo hopefuls must be 18 or older and be currently employed in the oil and gas industry. A full description of the company’s attendance policy can be found here.

The emphasis on gathering industry professionals works out for vendors and attendees alike. “It’s your one-stop shop for finding solutions,” Manningham notes. And it’s tough to make excuses not to go. “We really pride ourselves in offering low-cost or free attendance as long as you preregister.” And even if you don’t preregister, it’s only $25 at the door.

Although booth spaces are booked solid for the Ark-La-Tex show, there’s still a reason for potential vendors to come, too, especially with no entry cost. “A lot of attendees come because they want to decide if our trade show should be a part of their marketing strategy for the year,” Manningham said. “And we have our Texas Classic Productions booth open so they can book for the rest of the year’s shows.”

Whether you’re looking for a solution to your company’s problems, meeting up with current customers all in one place, testing the waters to see if the Oilfield Expo Series is right for your business or even just looking to network, it’ll be a trade show you don’t want to miss.

For more information about Texas Classic Productions, please visit the website by clicking here.

This story was sponsored in part by Texas Classic Productions.

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