Recyclers Who Care About Your Future

M.A.R.S., Inc. was founded in 1971 by Dwight “Butch” Caton, Sr. (sole owner) to provide quality demolition and recycling services to our customers, while protecting the environment and maintaining a safe working environment for our people. We are one of the top Environmental Services companies in the U.S. and have been recognized by Inc. Magazine as one of the fastest-growing privately held companies 5-time honoree since 2009.

With a legacy spanning five decades, M.A.R.S., Inc. has evolved into a premier player in the recycling and decommissioning industry, offering comprehensive lifecycle solutions for rig decommissioning, dismantling, and large-scale vessel recycling worldwide. Having recycled close to ten million tons of offshore oil & gas structures and salvaged over ten thousand barges along with hundreds of vessels, M.A.R.S. has solidified its reputation for excellence and sustainability.

What began as a modest team of five individuals in Ohio and Alabama has blossomed into a family of 350 dedicated associates across the Gulf Coast region, proudly headquartered in Louisiana for the past three decades. Our expansive network of facilities spans strategic locations including Gibson, Houma, Waggaman in Louisiana, Pascagoula in Mississippi, Mobile in Alabama, and Jacksonville in Florida. We also proudly operate our first international facility in Frederikshavn, Denmark, where in just its inaugural year, we have created jobs for 85 individuals with plans to expand to over 300. Additionally, our international sales team is strategically positioned in the Netherlands, ensuring global reach and exceptional service beyond borders.

While the company’s services and operations have expanded, our underlying principles have remained constant. We are proud to celebrate our 50-year milestone with our employees, clients, and partners—and look forward to the next 50 years! As one of the largest recyclers in the world, we have performed over 800 off-loads, 750 material barge setups, clean-offs, off charters. The company has been featured in Recycling Today for their innovation and advancement in oil platform recycling.

Long term strategy

Modern American Recycling Services Europe (M.A.R.S.) 
is designed to safely and efficiently process large scale recycling projects and will have the capacity to recycle 
in excess of 200,000 tons of metal annually.


Our Company Values & Strategy

  • We develop and optimize standards for best practices
  • We upgrade waste streams
  • We extend the lifecycle of a product by recycling more than 92%
  • We have designed and developed our own processes
  • We have incorporated UN sustainability development goals
  • We have designed ‘M.A.R.S. training programs’ to minimize safety risks
  • We strive for customer and client understanding and satisfaction