About Us

Our Story

CATCO Catalytic Heater Company was founded in 1982 by Bill Richards. Equipped with a degree in petroleum engineering from Texas A&M, Bill spent his career in the oilfields, retiring from Teledyne-Merla as VP Sales in 1980. After hearing from colleagues that the lead time for catalytic heaters was causing problems, he decided to fulfill his lifelong dream of owning his own business.

Bill’s new company started small, first opening in a closet that housed parts behind his son’s tractor dealership. But Bill had a clear vision and a strategy crafted by carefully observing where competitors fell short. His primary goal was to build CATCO into a company that is easy to do business with—one that puts problem-solving and customer service first. That continues to be the company’s driving philosophy.

Catalytic heaters, which are currently the company’s single product line, go hand-in-hand with that philosophy; they are a simple, straightforward solution to common problems in the natural gas industry. That philosophy is embodied in the driving statement: The CATCO Way.


Management Team

Travis Richards

Chief Executive Officer

Travis Richards has a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and a Master of Industrial Distribution degree from Texas A&M University. He’s been with Catco since 2012 after serving six years in the Air Force. Travis develops Catco’s vision and leads the Catco Team. For inquiries regarding new business opportunities, marketing, or assistance with product application he can be reached at [email protected]

Chad Richards

Vice President

Chad Richards earned his bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University. He joined the company in 2010 and led Catco's sales and marketing efforts until 2016. Currently, Chad integrates the major business functions at Catco, manages the Catco leadership team, leads special projects, and manages company finances. Chad can be reached at [email protected]

Mike Robinson

Operations Manager

Mike Robinson has been with Catco since 1995. He manages the Catco production team and oversees all plant activities including purchasing and material management. Mike is also responsible for Catco's safety program and ensures a safe environment for the Catco Team. For inquiries regarding our plant safety program or questions related to purchasing, Mike can be reached at [email protected]

Dennis Musgrave

Administration and Customer Service

Dennis Musgrave joined the Catco Team in 2014. He facilitates all customer requests, quotes and questions, and is known as the “friendly voice” of Catco. When he's not helping customers, Dennis also handles administrative duties, such as invoicing and accounts payable. For inquiries about quotes, billing, or shipping Dennis can be reached at [email protected]

Cory Bable

CAD Technician

Cory Bable has been with Catco since 2014. A Navy Reservist and welder by trade, Cory now manages Catco's 3D CAD program including manufacturing drawings and custom enclosure design. To request 3D models or provide feedback regarding the physical design of Catco products, Cory can be reached at [email protected]


Our Clients Say It Best


Our Clients

Anadarko Petroleum Corp.
Atmos Energy
BP
CenterPoint Energy
EOG Resources
Kinder Morgan