This world-wide event began humbly in 1940 as the “Little International Oil Show” with a mere 35 exhibits in the then boomtown of Odessa, Texas. Every even-numbered year, the Permian Basin International Oil Show, Inc. brings together people from every phase of the petroleum industry. The 2016 show will feature 744 exhibitors over 1,164 exhibit spaces. Leaders come to Odessa, Texas from every corner of the world to learn about the latest technology, the newest equipment, to transact business and renew friendships. Unlike most exhibitions, the Permian Basin International Oil Show, Inc. is a non-profit venture whose sole purpose is educational, designed to serve the oil and gas industry. Run by oilmen, its mission is unwavering and its commitment is the single most important factor in its overwhelming success.
The Permian Basin International Oil Show, Inc. not only showcases the very latest technology, it also honors the industry’s past. A working cable tool rig operates daily on the show grounds during the three-day show, surrounded by trucks and oilfield equipment from the 1930’s, a key growth period for the industry in the Permian Basin.