We have all heard about the glorious oil boom that is expected to soon sweep the Concho Valley off their feet, and although many industries and businesses are only preparing for the big changes, some local services are already beginning to get swamped.
Eddie Rose, the Fixed Operations Director at Jim Bass Ford says, "We think that by probably about six months we will be at the top, or at the peak, we see it as just the beginning right now. What we have seen is not just an influx from the oil field companies, but the other companies that support the oil field business."
In other West Texas cities such as Midland, car dealerships and mechanic shops have a two month long waiting list just to get the oil field trucks and vehicles maintained to work the long days out at the Rigg. This is prompting local car dealerships to learn from others mistakes and prepare for the increase in business.
Rose, "They actually run two shifts in Midland, of course that the meat of the oil production area I guess you could say. I just don't want to fall into their problems that they are having, because I have had people come out here because they have been complaining about being able to get their vehicles out. I'm an older guy and I remember about having to be out, and back when and the oil companies really, really need their vehicles, it's important to the business to get it out."
Rose says he is already planning and giving employees a heads up that - just like midland - longer nights, more pay, and we can't forget a better economy may be the result of this oil boom.