Established in 1914, MSA is the world's leading manufacturer of safety products designed to protect people throughout the world. Many MSA products, while simple to use and maintain, are sophisticated in design in that they typically integrate any combination of electronics, mechanical systems and advanced materials to protect users against hazardous or life-threatening situations.
With headquarters located in Cranberry Twp., Pennsylvania, MSA employs approximately 5,000 associates and maintains operations that extend around the world. These resources include manufacturing operations on five continents, major R&D centers in the U.S, Germany and China, and more than 40 international locations that help protect lives in more than 140 countries.
A publicly held company, MSA's stock is traded over the NYSE exchange under the symbol MSA. The company has annual revenues of approximately $1 billion and has achieved record growth in revenue in 8 of the past 10 years.
MSA's mission is to see to it that men and women may work in safety and that they, their families and their communities may live in health throughout the world.
The vision all MSA associates share is to be the leading innovator and provider of quality safety and instrument products and services that protect and improve people’s health, safety and the environment. We strive to achieve this vision by satisfying customer needs through the efforts of motivated, involved, highly trained employees dedicated to continuous improvement in quality, service, cost, value, technology and delivery.
At MSA, we are no stranger to values. They have been at the core of every MSA success story since our founding in 1914. Over these many years, our organization has changed – in size, geographic reach, product offerings and market focus – but what has remained constant has been our commitment to protecting the health and safety of our customers, and doing so in a manner that makes us proud to call ourselves MSA associates. We are, quite simply, an organization built on integrity. Click here to learn more.
Our Customer Satisfaction Commitment
A constant goal at MSA is to provide customers with a superior customer experience. It begins with the development of high-quality products and continues with support services that exceed customer expectations. We do this because we believe customer satisfaction is the ultimate measure of our organizational performance. Accordingly, our teams seek to include the customer in every aspect of our business by striving to understand their own unique needs and expectations.
Through MSA’s 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, 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:
Portable and Hand-Held Gas Detection Instruments
Fixed Gas and Flame Detection Systems
Thermal Imaging Cameras
Head, Eye, Face and Hearing Protection
Mining and Specialty Products
MSA products are built with "integrated system" capability that ensures compatibility between individual products. For example, MSA supplied-air respiratory facepieces are designed so that they integrate easily and seamlessly with MSA head protection products.
At MSA we recognize that the best customer experiences begin with "out-of-the-box" product quality. Just as innovation is designed into MSA products, quality is built in from start to finish. Nearly all components of the company's products are formulated, machined, tooled, or molded in-house from raw materials. For example, MSA relies on its integrated manufacturing capability to produce breathing apparatus, hard hats and printed circuit boards for gas detection instruments. This means greater manufacturing control and unequaled quality assurance for safety equipment users. . View our current ISO Certificate
Research & Development
To maintain its position at the forefront of safety equipment innovation, MSA operates the most complete research and development facilities in the industry. The foundation of this commitment is the John T. Ryan Memorial Laboratory near Pittsburgh, the world's most sophisticated proving ground for safety products.
Today, MSA's global engineering teams operate in the U.S. as well as in Australia, Brazil, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, China and several other countries. Within each is a talented team that draws on the expertise of other MSA engineers around the globe. The result is a synergy of ideas that is benefiting customers worldwide.
This collaborative spirit has resulted in the joint design of such leading edge products as the Advanced Combat Helmet, the ultra-versatile Firehawk® M7 Responder Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus and the popular ALTAIR® line of multigas detectors. These and other products incorporate the latest in computer-aided design, laser modeling and testing. Government approval requirements beyond the U.S. are considered from the start and engineered in from the very beginning. This approach results in products that conform to the broadest range of global performance standards, enabling worldwide use while reducing product development costs.
Reflecting the company’s commitment to excellence in product innovation and design, MSA is a recent recipient of the prestigious Outstanding Corporate Innovator award from The Product Development and Management Association. In receiving this award, MSA joins an impressive group of previous winners and such well-known innovators as Apple Computer, BMW, Sprint Nextel and Hewlett-Packard.
Our Greatest Asset
Yet, above all these strengths are what MSA considers to be its greatest global asset - its people. The high quality of MSA employees reflects a culture of people dedicated to protecting human life.