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Sales spike at RV stores in East Texas due to local oil workers


POSTED: Wednesday, April 3, 2013 - 4:53pm

UPDATED: Thursday, April 4, 2013 - 8:38am

The United States is slowing becoming more independent with oil production and relying less on foreign oil, according to Fox Business News, reports show between 2013 and 2014 the U.S. will produce about 1.4 million barrels of new oil productions per day.

Ryan Williams, business manager at Southern RV supercenter in Tyler says, “With this oil field boom, we've been very fortunate,” Williams says with the recent oil boom and Keystone pipeline workers in East Texas, it's really impacted their business. He says, "We are probably averaging about 90 customers a week who are coming through our door looking to purchase an RV and I'm guessing about 30 to 35 of those 90 are in the oil field industry."

Roger Perry, an oil field worker at Baker Tank oil Field in Arp, and his wife just bought a new RV, he says there is a lot of traveling involved with his line of work, and buying an RV just made more sense, he says "it's cheaper than a motel and easier to travel with.”

Williams says he sees oil workers from all over coming in, “We get people from out of state buying, from North Dakota that are here in this area working."

He says his business isn't the only one booming due to the oil boom, more U.S. oil, mean more money for everyone, Williams says, “It's not only good for our business it's good for the East Texas economy—absolutely."

Williams also says that he’s seen business grow on a much larger scale due to the oil industry, he says, he has seen more oil companies purchasing 20 to 30 RV’s at a time for oil field workers.

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