by Captain Lonnie Ryan
Mine Safety Appliances is the global leader in the development, manufacture and supply of sophisticated products that protect people’s health and safety. Established in 1914, MSA is the world’s leading manufacturer of sophisticated safety products designed to protect people throughout the world. Sophisticated safety products typically integrate any combination of electronics, mechanical systems and advanced materials to protect users against hazardous or life-threatening situations.
With headquarters located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, MSA employs approximately 5,400 associates and maintains operations that extend around the world. These resources include manufacturing operations on five continents 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. Annual revenues exceed $1 billion. The company has achieved record sales annually since 2001.
Mine Safety Appliances Mission
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. Our vision is to be the leading innovator and provider of quality products, related technologies and services that protect people’s health, safety and the environment in all key markets MSA serves.
Mine Safety Appliances Products
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.
•Portable and Permanent Gas Detection Instruments
•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.
Just as innovation is designed into MSA products, quality is built in from start to finish. For MSA people, quality is a mindset and a mission; not just a slogan. 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.
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 Firehawk® MMR Regulator and the Orion® Multigas Detector. 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.
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.
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