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

Hal Richards

Chief Executive Officer

Hal Richards earned both his bachelor’s degree and MBA from Texas A&M University. He has led CATCO full-time since 1998. In addition to managing the company’s financial operations, Hal is the company visionary, ensuring that CATCO’s products and service still live up to the standards that it was founded upon over three decades ago.

Travis Richards

Chief Operating Officer

Travis Richards earned both his bachelor’s degree and Master of Industrial Distribution from Texas A&M University. He joined the company in 2012 after serving six years in the United States Air Force. Travis is responsible for daily operations and executing the company’s strategic plan while also managing and leading the CATCO team.

Chad Richards

Vice President

Chad Richards earned his bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University. He joined the company in 2010 and quickly became a sales manager. Chad is now responsible for a broad array of functions, including marketing, research and development projects, and custom applications.

Cory Bable

CAD Technician and Engineering Support

Cory Bable joined the company in 2014 and is responsible for maintaining and producing CATCO manufacturing drawings, in addition to designing all custom enclosures. Cory also oversaw the company’s movement to 3D modeling implementation.

Dennis Musgrave

Administration and Customer Service

Dennis Musgrave joined the company in 2014. He facilitates all customer requests, quotes and questions, and is known as the “friendly voice” of CATCO. When he is not helping customers, Dennis also administrative duties, such as invoicing and accounts payable.

Mike Robinson

Operations Manager

Mike Robinson joined the company in 1995 and oversees all plant and manufacturing activities, as well as purchasing. Mike is responsible for ensuring the safety of CATCO’s manufacturing process and is a key reason that CATCO maintains an outstanding safety record.


Our Clients Say It Best


Our Clients

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