Fourteen men representing ten petroleum companies in the field of
electrical work and communications met in Fort Worth, Texas to discuss
forming an organization which would foster the exchange of knowledge and
experience and would enable them to do better jobs for their companies.
PIEA, the Petroleum Industry Electrical Association was born. The first
annual dues were $50 per company with an additional initiation fee of
$10. The Fort-Worth Star Telegram reported on the first meeting,
excerpts from which are quoted below:
“The Petroleum Industry
Electrical Association came into existence on March 21 (1928) at Fort
Worth, Texas, at a meeting of representatives of the various oil, gas
and pipeline companies of the southwest.
“The new association
will weld for mutual helpfulness the entire telephone, telegraph and
electrical systems of the numerous oil, gas and pipeline companies,
refineries and the entire cycle of the industry in the Southwest; later
it is expected to extend it to embrace the entire country.
companies represented own and operate in excess of 100,000 miles of
lines, including telephone and telegraph communications, uniting all the
various branches of the Petroleum Industry in the Southwest.”