BMS CAT has acquired Guardian Restoration. Headquartered in St. Petersburg, Fla., Guardian specializes in the repair, restoration and reconstruction of home and commercial buildings in West Central Florida.

"BMS CAT is pleased to announce our strategic acquisition of Guardian Restoration. We have viewed the Tampa/St. Petersburg marketplace as a key location in our company's growth strategy. Chris Burke has built a tremendous business, and we are excited to merge our two rich cultures together as one company. By doing so, we will be able to provide the best restoration and construction services to our combined customers in the industry. Guardian's commitment to quality is exemplified through their remarkable team of employees," said Tom Head, president & CEO of Blackmon Mooring & BMS CAT.

Guardian Restoration will bolt on to the current BMS CAT Tampa team. By joining forces, they will be able to maximize resources, while minimizing obstacles for continued growth in and around the Tampa area. Furthermore, this acquisition strengthens BMS CAT's footprint in Florida. 

"Now that Guardian Restoration has been acquired by BMS CAT, I couldn't be happier. This is a great growth opportunity for Guardian's employees, and it allows us to expand our services and coverage area while maintaining the high standards of quality and customer service our clients have come to expect. This is truly a win for everyone," said Chris Burke, former President of Guardian Restoration.

The announcement is the seventh in a strategic plan of acquisitions to support BMS CAT growth. The company previously acquired North Carolina-based Diamond Restoration in January 2020, Michigan-based Jarvis Restoration in July 2020, Pennsylvania-based FireDEX of Pittsburgh in August 2020, South Carolina-based CATCON in March 2021, Pennsylvania-based Mellon Certified Restoration in April 2021 and Arizona-based Stratton Restoration in May 2021.

Started in 1948 as a furniture and dye shop, Blackmon Mooring has grown to become a leader in each service area it practices – from fire and water restoration to storm damage recovery. In 1981, the company expanded its reach globally with the addition of the BMS CAT division and since then, it has responded to some of the world's most devastating disasters.