Petroleum Show a hit for vendors old and new

The Grande Prairie and District Chamber of Commerce and the Grande Prairie Petroleum Association combined forces for another huge biennial Peace Region Petroleum Show – the 13th to be exact, on May and 16.

“The continuing partnership between our organizations allows us to bring you one of the largest oil and gas shows in western Canada,” notes chair of the GP and District Chamber of Commerce Dan Wong.

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Gary McLachlan, regional manager with All Peace Protection, was impressed with his first Petroleum show. All Peace does work in the Mile Zero area, working security detail on Midwest leases.

“It’s a worthwhile show,” said McLachlan.

Jennifer Kowal with BDP Traffic Management said the outdoor booths were yielding more and more foot traffic as the morning showers ended as the show began on Wednesday, while Camille Legace with Nitrogen Technologies of Canada said the show has been on their calendar for more than a decade.

“This show is great from a PR point of view, and helping up put faces to names of partners, or people we have been talking to over the phone,” says Legace.

“This show is a great addition for this area, from Grande Prairie into BC and more. The Calgary show is just too far away for some.”

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Michelle and Brad Davidson, co-owners of Gridiron Torc, at the Peace Region Petroleum Show, May 15, 2019. They've seen their Grande Prairie-based business grow steadily since it opened in 2016. “We’re a small little company, but we keep busy,” said Brad. Gridiron offers hydraulic torquing, service repairs, and sales. Though the majority of its work is in and around Grande Prairie, Gridiron will service and ship from as north as Fort Nelson and as south as Edmonton. “Currently we are busier on the facility and pipeline side of things.” - Dillon Giancola
Trent Van Zutphen of Guardian Personnel used the Peace Region Petroleum Show in Grande Prairie on May 15, 2019 to tell companies about the industrial and trade workers he helps recruit and get employed. “We hire quite a bit of locals from Grande Prairie and the North, but send lots from Edmonton as well. We’re always looking for more workers who are based right here in Grande Prairie,” Van Zutphen said. There has been a dip in qualified workers from Grande Prairie since 2015, said Van Zutphen, who hopes to see that change in the coming years. - Dillon Giancola
Earl Colborne (left) and Andy Doucette of Hi-Tech Business Solutions at the Peace Region Petroleum Show May 15, 2019. “These days, the copier side of our business is the most sought out in the oil industry,” said Colborne, a sales representative. Hi-Tech is involved in all types of businesses in Grande Prairie, and its diversity allows it to service the oil and gas industry, as well as law offices, dentists, and school boards. - Dillon Giancola
Chris McFaul of Sil Industrial Minerals was on hand to answer questions about all things sand blasting at the Peace Region Petroleum Show in Grande Prairie on May 15, 2019. In business since 1971, Sil has three million tonnes of industrial sand on offer. - Matt Preprost
Dave Jordan, Darrel Collier and Jamie Croft with Black Gold Fishing were at the trade show on May 15, 2019 to get word out about their downhole fishing and rental tool company, which just opened a Grande Prairie service location at the start of May. Originally based out of Cold Lake, Black Gold Fishing now has four service locations. - Dillon Giancola
Keean McLeod of CDN Controls flips a fresh set of burgers at one of the hospitality barbecues on offer at the Peace Region Petroleum Show in Grande Prairie on May 15, 2019. - Matt Preprost
Pardeep Dhaliwal shows off dinosaur sculpture crafted by the skilled hands at Decca Industries, at the Peace Region Petroleum Show, May 15, 2019. - Matt Preprost

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