OOGA Holds Third Annual Oilfield Expo, Safety Congress

Thu December 19, 2013 - Midwest Edition
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Closely involved with OOGA, the Ohio Operating Engineers Apprenticeship Program’s Michael Bertolone welcomes attendees to the show.
Closely involved with OOGA, the Ohio Operating Engineers Apprenticeship Program’s Michael Bertolone welcomes attendees to the show.
Closely involved with OOGA, the Ohio Operating Engineers Apprenticeship Program’s Michael Bertolone welcomes attendees to the show. (L-R): ALL Erection & Crane Rental’s Bernie Paridon speaks with Dan Varver of Buckeye Career Builders and Ron Butts of Skyjack, who was on hand to help out at the booth. (L-R): Allied Construction Product’s Rich Steinbrenner joins Highway Equipment Company’s Jason Shields, Al Springer and Bob Bowers to discuss their experiences in oil and  gas development equipment-based solutions with attendees. At Ohio CAT’s Power Systems Division booth, OEM/Engine Sales Representative Joe Hahn (L) and Petroleum Business Development Manager Karl Johnson welcome attendees. Great Lakes Construction’s Ken Eshler (L) and Brian Plautz discussed their company’s service offerings. Winter Equipment Company’s Bernadette Brennan spoke on the company’s wear part products and hardfacing services. Wacker Neuson’s Christopher Massie (L) and Ken Cannella were on hand to discuss their line of heaters and power generators. Integrity Kokosing’s Kelly Reppart and Timothy Seibert fielded questions about their pipeline service capabilities.


The Ohio Oil & Gas Association (OOGA) held its third annual Oilfield Expo and Safety Congress at the I-X Center in Cleveland, Ohio, on Dec. 4 and 5. This year’s event kicked off with an Oilfield Expo Welcome Reception at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

The event featured industry training sessions in a classroom setting focused on business practices and job site safety. Subjects devoted to safety covered topics such as driver safety, flash fire risk assessment, and trenching & shoring and business sessions covered site security, asset protection strategies and navigating the Health Care Exchanges.

According to Mike Chadsey, OOGA’s director of public relations, as Ohio’s development of shale oil and gas energy resources has gained momentum, so too has exhibitor participation at the Oilfield Expo and Safety Congress. The number of exhibitors at this year’s event was nearly double that of the past year. More than 200 oil and gas industry suppliers, service providers and associations involved with shale oil and gas well development in Ohio exhibited this year. Major sponsors at the event included ALL Erection & Crane Rental and Beaver Excavating, along with many other product and service providers.

The congress is designed to bring together the broad range of industries and companies involved with the production of oil and natural gas resources in Ohio in a format that encourages the exchange of information regarding new technologies, applications, and innovations in the industry.

With a history that dates back more than 65 years, OOGA serves the interests of Ohio’s crude oil and natural gas industry at the Statehouse through education and outreach. OOGA’s more than 3,000 members are involved in all aspects of the exploration, production and development of crude oil and natural gas resources within the state of Ohio.