Catastrophe Cleaning & Restoration Co, Inc. is now FIRST ONSITE.
We’re uniting the best brands in restoration across North America to better serve you. With more knowledge and resources, and genuine human power, we are ready to take on any job, no matter what.
After starting in St. Louis, Missouri in 1981 as a catastrophe cleaning and restoration company, CATCO quickly became a regional all-star, mastering restoration services related to water, smoke, and fire. With a certified team of professionals, CATCO tackled everything from smaller jobs like, duct cleaning or refurbishment of personal property, like musical instruments and electronic equipment to large scale restoration projects involving infrastructures like roads, building foundations, and bridges. CATCO’s goal was always to put its clients lives back together in the wake of disaster.
Whether you were located in Maryland Heights, West St. Louis County, metro St. Louis area, the Kansas City metro area, Blue Springs, Crown Center, Northland, River Market, Brookside, Westport, Waldo, Bonner Springs or beyond, clients confidently relied on CATCO for fast emergency response services 24 hours a day, 365 days per year.
Today, CATCO brings its all-star spirit and dedication to FIRST ONSITE. Together, we rise as the only partner you’ll ever need before, during, and post-disaster, with over 2,000 team members across North America and more than 70 years of combined experience.
Michael Hammack retired after more than 30 years in restoration in June, 2022. Here are our legacy and future leaders together at the celebration. From left to right: John Clark, upper Midwest regional director of operations, Chris Asleson, general manager of St. Louis branch, Michael Hammack, and Cliff Austin, general manager of Kansas City branch.
When your needs go beyond water damage cleanup, so do our services. See how our experience can help you overcome whatever comes your way.
Chris Asleson has been instrumental in the growth of CATCO since he joined the company as head of the construction division more than two decades ago. He developed relationships with reputable subcontractors as well as insurance adjusters while leading his staff to provide excellent service. He moved over to the account management side of the business and expanded the sales efforts in the St. Louis region and beyond. Not afraid to be hands-on, Chris developed a reputation with his clients as a problem solver. His customers know they only need to call Chris to get a project moving quickly and effectively. Chris took over the reigns of the Missouri branches in June of 2022 when Michael Hammack retired, effectively continuing our legacy in the St. Louis metropolitan area as a full-service restoration leader.
As the former owner and president of CATCO, Michael Hammack has been involved with restoration & reconstruction efforts at Deering Hospital & Broward County School District after Hurricane Andrew, Marshall Fields in downtown Chicago after the Chicago River flood, and Schering-Plough Pharmaceutical fire in Memphis, Tennessee. He headed the company through large projects: St. Anthony’s of Padua Church fire (St. Louis), Bank of America – 17 locations in Houston, TX after Tropical Storm Allison, Civil Courts building & Ursuline Academy in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, The Fox Theatre in St. Louis, MO after a fire, and countless other high-profile projects.
Originally from Missouri, Michael has had direct ties to the restoration industry since the 1980s. He purchased Catastrophe Cleaning and Restoration Company, Inc (dba CATCO) in 1991 and implemented a growth strategy that involved branching out with parallel services as well as an starting an additional branch in Kansas City. As part of a full-service line-up, CATCO has offered duct cleaning, wood refinishing, contents restoration, temporary interior protection services and many types of specialty cleaning to its clients. Michael Hammack retired in June, 2022 after more than 30 years and promoted Chris Asleson to local leadership after mentoring him for 20 of those years.
CATCO started in St. Louis, Missouri in 1981 and serviced the entire Midwest region. By joining forces with FIRST ONSITE, we are now able to service all of North America.