MSA is in the business of developing, manufacturing and selling innovative and sophisticated products that enhance the safety and health of workers throughout the world. Critical to MSA’s mission is a clear understanding of customer processes and safety needs. MSA dedicates significant resources to research which allows the company to develop a keen understanding of the customer safety requirements for a diverse range of markets, including the fire service, homeland security, construction, public utilities, mining, chemical, petroleum, HVAC, hazardous materials remediation, military and retail. MSA’s principal products, each designed to serve the needs of these target markets, include respiratory protective equipment, thermal imaging cameras, gas detection instruments, ballistic protection, as well as head, eye, face, hearing and fall protection products.
MSA was founded in 1914 by John T. Ryan and George H. Deike, two mining engineers who had firsthand knowledge of the terrible human loss that was occurring in underground coal mines. Their knowledge of the mining industry provided the foundation for the development of safety equipment to better protect underground miners. While the range of markets served by MSA has expanded greatly over the years, the founding philosophy of understanding customer safety needs and designing innovative safety equipment solutions remains unchanged.
MSA is headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with operations employing 5,100 associates throughout the world. A publicly held company, MSA’s stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol MSA.
Through its three business segments - MSA North America, MSA Europe and MSA International - the company provides a comprehensive line of products used by workers in the fire service, homeland security, law enforcement, construction, oil and gas, chemical and other industries, as well as the military. MSA also provides a broad offering of consumer and contractor safety products, which are available through select home center retail outlets under the MSA Safety Works brand. Our products include: